Yarn: Patons Silk Bamboo in Moss (it leans a little more toward yellow than the above picture)
Needles: Size US 8, 32" I think?
Button: vintage, out of my grandmother's notions
This is my first garment for me! I thought about giving it away instead of fixing it, but I spent a LOT of time on it. And I wouldn't want anyone else to see the ends I wove "in" (ha) under the arms when it was two hours past my bedtime.
There were many stops and starts. Shall we review:
~I had problems getting the yarn-overs over the joints on my circular needles, so I finally decided to skip the lace portion and just knit stockinette instead. (My Addis are so worth the money. I will never buy cheap circulars again.)
~I knitted the whole thing only to see it was entirely humongous on me.
~I ripped all the way back into the garter stitch portion. Besides being all-around too big, I really wanted the transition to be at or above my bust line and it was an inch or two below.
~I knit it back down to about hip length.
~Once I got all that done, I washed and blocked it.... Thanks to the weight of the bamboo, the sweater grew four inches!! Easily four inches, maybe even more.
~I had to (gulp) cut my knitting. Okay, I didn't have to cut it but I knew it would be the fastest way to the end result. Plus, I had to show this sweater who is boss.
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Here's the first version (left), too big around. The second time I ended at about the same place, right at my hip. Then I blocked it (right). I knew the bamboo was likely to grow but I never imagined it would grow so much! .
Finally this morning, I cut off the bottom several inches, picked up stitches and bound off. I didn't want to redo the garter edge on the bottom so I tried this new bind-off I found last night in Toe Up! It's called the yarn over bind off. It worked pretty well.
Note to self: next time, wash the swatch. There's a great article I just saw on gauge swatching, how and why, and about the importance of "dressing" your swatch. I believe that was in Knit Simple? (Don't quote me on that but I was just flipping through the newsstand knitting magazines so I know it's out there somewhere.) Oh if only I had read that four months ago. But I might as well learn it the hard way so I won't forget!