Sometimes things are really simple, but your over complicated thinking process leads you away from the solution. Far away, like into a deep forest were wild boars try to eat your toes and squirrels throw nuts at your head. While I still admired moss and leaves and tree-trunks, my fibre friend @muscara already found the way out: try the d*** thing on!
Dear reader I am writing about my knitted raglan sweater. After concentrating for weeks on sewing, with my still unfinished Mimi blouse and my ill-fitting pajama pants, I wanted to feel accomplished. In my mind I already imagined you writing wonderful comments full of compliments like „wow, the sweater fits you perfectly“, „the bottom up raglan construction is so interesting, I never tried this myself, „you really are my knitting inspiration“, „please, can you send me an autograph“… sorry, deviating, I accidentally wrote my fantasy of crafting omnipotence down.
For some weeks I worked on this bottom up raglan sweater from „Vogue knitting. Very easy sweaters“.
And truly, easy it is. Back and front are the same. You start with a
ribbing and than knit the short body in stockinette. The raglan lines
are very deep, so that the sweater has super wide sleeves which I love.
Also, the raglan decreases are accentuated by one purled stitch in front
and after the decreases. Simple and effective. The sleeves are done in
the same manner, only I omitted the ribbing as I was unsure about length
and fit. The original pattern shows ¾ sleeves which are super wide at
the cuff. I find this beautiful to look at but not very practical. As I
am freezing fast, I prefer sweater with long sleeves. Besides I am so
into balloon and puff shapes, that I still ponder to later knit the
cuffs very small, to get a balloon sleeve.
But as easy as it should be, I somehow made a mistake. I finished the
second sleeve two weeks ago and till then it is waiting for surgery –
because it is much wider than the first. And I have no clue why. I
always write down the rows while knitting and my notes tell me, that I
have knitted two exactly similar sleeves. But look at the photo, the
first sleeve has 14 stitches at the last row, the second one 23
I grumbled over this problem for the last days and I still have no
idea how this happened. And I had no idea how to proceed before talking
to @muscara. I was unsure if I should make the first sleeve wider oder the second smaller. I was trapped in a loop of if‘s and when‘s.
But she had such an incredible advice (remember, me lost in the forest, eaten toes and things):
Pin the sweater together and try it on.
Why didn’t I think of this? I was so paralyzed by my incomprehensible mistake, that I needed the fresh ideas of a fellow #needleworkmonday crafter to exit my own tangled up thoughts.
(Dear @justinsun please don’t let this platform die, or I forever must wear ill-fitting handmade garments – I really need the @needelworkmonday community)
So, here you can see me wearing the unruly sweater. I used clips
instead of needles to pin everything into a wearable garment and to
avoid being stabbed by my own needlework. After wearing the sweater, I
guess both sleeve shapes would work, the smaller and the wider one. And
as it is easier for me to make the second sleeve smaller, I will go for
this solution. I will unravel the last 20 rows and insert triple
decreases to get a stitch count of 14 stitches.
As I told you at the beginning of this post, sometimes things are really simple. ???
And again, an addendum: Although I now have a solution how to fix my knitting mistake, I am no longer motivated to work on the sweater as I find it looks unflattering on the front. The view from the sides and back is ok for me… but at the front it looks bulky and stiff ??? I will sleep over over this and you will be the first to know if I unravel or wear it.