Third time’s a charm

I hope.

The February Lady. I made the baby version, eons ago; I know how it’s done. Simple, no?

No. The first time was my own fault. I fell in love with another yarn, so Lady 1 was frogged and Lady 2 begun.

Saturday, my less than charming third button-hole finally got to me, so I took it off the needles to frog back to re-do it. While it was off the needles, I tried it on. Uh-oh. (Good thing there’s no picture.) The fronts barely met up. And that makes sense; there are the same number of stitches in the front as in the back. Same width, no overlap.

So I frogged THE WHOLE THING. Good thing I like working with this yarn, even though it’s making my hands turn blue. I added 5 stitches to each front, which gives me an inch to overlap. And I redid the buttonholes, moving them a stitch further in and worked from the right side instead of the wrong side, because the side I was working looked way better than the back side. I also continued the raglan decreases further instead of doing the eyelet row. After knitting like a madwoman Saturday and Sunday, I’m almost back to where I was Saturday morning. I’ve divided for the armholes again, and am cruising on the lace. I tried it on this morning (Monday) and it fits perfectly.

lady3

lady back

Still can’t capture the red, purple, and green in a picture; you’ll have to take my word for it!

I can’t seem to knit a sweater as written. There are always modifications that I want, but it’s hard to tell what they are until I have something tangible to work with. Smaller items don’t give me this problem (hats, socks), but the big stuff is more of an investment, and I want it to be PERFECT.

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6 responses to “Third time’s a charm

  1. That is a good thing to be aware of that the front has no overlap. Since I make many of my sweaters with negative ease, this will be an important tid bit.

  2. That you have the talent to tweak it for a perfect fit is commendable though. Don’t worry about having to change things!

  3. I saw how much the yarn was at twisted! Ouch, that is an investment. i had no idea. But the color is amazing. Very much worth the depth of color! The sweater will be beautiful!

  4. I love that color, It’s so bold. Can’t wait to see it all finished

  5. Beautiful! I’m almost exactly to the same place on my February Lady. Now I’ll have to go try it on to check the button holes.

  6. How interesting. I think I have to work the pattern as-is to get a feel for how it works. I looked at buttons today and chose some; I didn’t go with the hook or clasp I thought I might prefer. I noticed that the pattern has the buttons sewn in on the right front side, so when you wear the sweater it’s left over right. I’m not sure if I want to do it that way, but I’ve been way too tired to figure out how to get it to work the other way.

    I can imagine how beautiful that yarn must be when seen in person.