- Wednesday, 25 January 2012
In Progress: The Sweater of Botch and Perseverance
Back in September I posted about knitting this short sleeve fairisle sweater from a 1940s pattern. Here's the pattern I'm using:
I've knitted fairisle before but I've found this pattern particularly trying. The linear sections are fine and my tensions is even, but on the flower-like bits, you have to carry the coloured yarn along the back of the pale blue and I have really struggled with making this neat.
Here, the darkest blue flowers above the rib are knit too tightly while the ones above are maybe a little loose. I'm hoping blocking will help. A lot.
It didn't help that that sleeve pattern look distinctly suspect to me:
What do you think? The rib of the sleeve goes along the bottom here - with the little section at the top forming the 'puff' at the top of the sleeve. But the shape decreases so sharply I don't see how it could possibly create the nice narrow sleeve in the pattern picture. So, I've gone my own way with that too, with one sleeve knitted so far.
I feel like I'm more or less making this pattern up as I go along, staying only within the bounds of the pattern repeat and using the pattern photo for reference. I can't face having to rip out anything I've knit as fairisle takes so long, and I'm reasonably confident I can produce something that looks like a jumper.
Do you ever disobey the pattern and go rogue? It's a new thing for me, but sometimes you just need to call shenanigans on your pattern and use your intuition!