Well, it’s done. The hip shaping wasn’t draping nicely, but I crossed my fingers and hoped that the magic of blocking would fix everything. Sadly blocking seemed to just highlight the imperfections of the sweater. I’m going to give it a break and work on other projects, but I plan on eventually frogging my sweater and redoing it. The general concept is just fine, and it’s wearable as is, but I have enough sweaters that I don’t need to leave this one imperfect. I’m done messing around with it for awhile, but I plan on doing it over once I finish the other sweaters I have yarn for.

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I meant to make a sweater with positive ease, but I just ended up with a baggy sweater. It’s loose in all of the wrong places and there is way too much fabric at the hips. The sleeves are too long and I didn’t make the top of my sleeve cap wide enough so they’re sort of pointy looking. It doesn’t look great.

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I have a plan of attack. I’m going to make the sweater body have negative ease because I just prefer it, and I’m going to rework the body shaping so it’s less awkward. I’m going to make the arm holes a little shallower, the sleeve caps wider, and the sleeves about an inch or two shorter. I’ll keep the neckline, body length, and probably sleeve shaping as they are here. I know what needs to be done now; I just want to put off doing it for a bit.

18 Comments

  • Oh no! I hate it when that happens, I have a sweater in the frog pile that I haven’t decided if its really worth it yet since I’m pretty much over the color.

    It’s very cute though, is this one going to be a pattern at some point? I’d buy it ; )

    • That’s part of the reason I want to frog it and do it over, actually! I was hoping to write it up and publish the pattern because I really like the concept, but I don’t want to publish something that I’m not happy with.

  • Oh, such a shame. Seriously, though? I admire you so much for making that painful decision to frog a finished sweater. I know your dedication will be worth it, when you have the sweater just as you imagined it!

  • Oh, I feel your pain! Just yesterday, I frogged a sweater that was almost finished and have started reworking it. Even though it’s a little discouraging / frustrating / time consuming, I think it’s worth it to frog an ill-fitting sweater. Good luck!

  • Awww, as soon as I saw the title of this post I was like “Noooo!!” But I think you have a good list of fixes, and v2.0 will be far superior. And I still really love the over-all design idea, so I’m excited to see the next one. Good luck!

  • Ohnoes!! I am starting a sweater today that I am worried will fit awkwardly at the hips, and I can’t decide if I should preemptively modify the sweater or risk frogging it at the end. I can see what you’re saying about the fit not being perfect, but the concept is super cute!

  • I finished a sweater not long ago that I’m afraid is going to have to be frogged. I’m being a bit of an ostrich at the moment, not blocking it and putting it on an out of the way shelf in the hopes that not seeing it will mean it doesn’t exist. I won’t be able to ignore it for much longer, so the question remains: can I be as brave as you and blog about my knitting fail?

  • Ouch! If you weren’t going to write it up, you could just alter it to fit. I just did that with one, and I’m much happier with it. But if you need to be able to write it up, I guess it goes to the frog pond!. Sorry.

  • Damn! πŸ™
    I’m seriously impressed with your patience, I would never stomach redoing an entire sweater! πŸ™‚ But it’s going to look gorgeous!

  • It’s too bad the shaping didn’t work out quite the way you wanted. Sounds like a good plan to let it breathe and then come back to it. Have to say that I love the design of the red part.

  • Oh no! This is such a shame :(. I’ve followed all your posts on this cardigan and when I saw the title of this post my stomach lurched. Maybe after letting it breathe you can come back to it again and make it better. I would certainly buy the pattern as I love the red part.

  • oh its such a nice cardigan! i love it but i understand its not perfect for you, but i would wear it πŸ™‚

    love to make one like that for myself, pattern ahoy!

    Barnicles

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