Prototypes tend to be messy

This is a quick post because I’m in the messy middle of developing a new sweater. It’s got my brain a little scrambled. Some things have worked, some not so much. Ideas I thought were fully formed, were not.

This Top Down V-Neck worked out really, really well in my head but … the details aren’t behaving exactly right. Here are two of my prototypes.

It’s time to evaluate.

Construction: I can’t seem to get a really nice join at the bottom of the V. This is a problem area for V-necks. More work needed. Otherwise the top down V shaping is good. Maybe it’s not meant to be a pullover at all?! Cardigan?

Colourways: The gradient worked out fairly well. I think I will wear this vest. I like the way it runs from light to dark. I like the narrow red and navy stripes in the Yoke of the second pullover but not the larger stripes in the body. It might have looked better with a solid red or navy body. What do you think?

Neckbands: I don’t like the garter stitch neckband on the striped pullover, although I really like the garter stitch cuffs and bottom band. On the vest I tried a ribbed Neckband and I think it turned out quite well.

Bust Shaping: I added extra stitches on the fronts of both pullovers. On the striped version I decreased the extra front stitches at the sides. I think I did it too quickly so now it’s a bit rounded there. For the vest I placed markers about 1/4 in from both sides and did my decreases there. It worked out better but with the colour mishmash it’s hard to see. You’ll have to take my word for it, it’s better. I would do this again.

They both fit and are wearable. A great tribute to a prototype. The details matter so I have to give this pullover some further thought before I start another one.

Hope you’re having as much fun with your knitting,

Deb

Any Gauge and Gauge-Free patterns by Deb

Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

8 thoughts on “Prototypes tend to be messy”

  1. Hi Deb,

    I’ve been trying g to reach you.

    What number can I call to talk directly with you?

    Kindly, Charlene

    On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 8:25 AM Deb Gemmell: Top Down, Gauge Free and more wrote:

    > debgemmellmods posted: ” This is a quick post because I’m in the messy > middle of developing a new sweater. It’s got my brain a little scrambled. > Some things have worked, some not so much. Ideas I thought were fully > formed, were not. This Top Down V-Neck worked out really, rea” >

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  2. It’s the working out of knitting problems that I find so engaging. Also, it’s why I get bored simply following a pattern (even my own). Good luck with that v-neck.

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  3. I prefer the narrow stripe to the wide as well. Could it just be the sudden jump from one to the other??? Not sure. Love the new gradient sweater. It no longer gives you that “What’s up front” look. I’m lazy – when I make a V pullover, I just cross the fronts, put the stitches on top of each other & knit them together. You can tell that I mostly make cardigans . . . . . . . . . Keep up the good work -we need all your ideas.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I love to hear from you. I agree about the stripes. I’m going to start another one soon. Maybe just stripes at the top. And a cardigan at the same time. It’s barely spring here so there’s still time.

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