So remember how I skipped the gauge and recommendation for my last sweater and it ended up way too small? Well, this time I skipped the recommended yarn again but I DID complete the gauge and I was like, "Oh, perfect. If I knit this a little loosely then I can totally make the gauge even though it's the wrong yarn weight."
So coincidentally I have a really hard time reading instructions because right there on the FIRST PAGE it states:
"If you achieve gauge by working an aran / worsted weight yarn at a looser tension, your owls will not have the same neat definition, and the shaping will not look its best."
|See, generally fine looking partial owls.|
You know what else the instructions said?
"k to underarm, between 15-19 inches"
GUESS WHO DIDN'T WANT TO GET A MEASURING TAPE
In case you can't tell since I'm wearing a dress, that stops exactly at smallest point of my waist. So it's very cropped which is cute but not my style. At all.
The boyfriend chimed in helpfully: "You know, you should really stop expecting to get things right on the first try. Just accept that you're going to have to re-do them several times."
At the very least, I now know that I can make a sweater and it will look beautiful. (Because even though I took this apart last night I really do love this!)
This sweater only took me about 2 weeks, which I thought was pretty fast, so hopefully in another 2 weeks I'll have something that actually fits.
Extensive research on ravelry tells me if I hold the yarn double, it will come out just fine and dandy so that's the plan.
Is anyone on instagram? Or rather, since I'm the last person ever to sign up: hey, I'm joining instagram! You can follow me here. It will mostly be pictures of sewing and my cats. Let me know if you're on there!
And in case anyone is interested, here's the pattern I'm attempting to make. (If you actually bother to read the instructions, they're quite outstanding. I've had no problem following along and that's usually a big challenge for me when I knit.)