Decisions, decisions

My fascination with slope-shouldered sweaters is not new. I have been checking them out for several years – at least I’m pretty sure I have – since I found the beginnings of one in a bag I haven’t looked in for quite a while.

There it was, all the instructions written up in a little book too. Obviously a more than normally organized time in my life.

This is done in the contiguous manner: increase 2 stitches on each shoulder on every row. I used a Kf/b (knit into front and back of the same stitch) and Pb/f (purl into back and then front of the same stitch) as my increases for the right side and the wrong side rows.

This first sweater has several problems.

  1. When you join it up in the round to work the body wider, will working the Kf/b on every round look the same as the previous increases?

2. The broken rib pattern begins at the front edge when worked in rows. That makes the beginning of the round in the centre front when I joined it up. Oops. The pattern won’t match exactly on either side of the centre front. Argh.

3. I’m not sure working the I-cord for the neck edging was so smart. Again joining in the centre to work in the round is problematic.

OK, that’s enough trashing of my poor prototype sweater.

Now, onto what to do with it.

  1. I could continue to work it to my size, knowing it has several problems. Hmm, why not? No one knows but me, oh and all of you, of course.
  2. I could rip it back to the width of my shoulders and make it a vest. It could have a scoop neckline then instead of the V. It still has problems but …
  3. I could, of course, rip it all out. Ouch.

Do you have any thoughts? Right now I’m just taking it out of it’s bag and looking at it. Maybe it has some thoughts?!

Cheers, Deb

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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.

6 thoughts on “Decisions, decisions”

  1. I love your e-mails, Deb. This one is so funny. I was born with sloping shoulders, and I have found it easier (for me) to adapt a jacket or blouse pattern to be sewn into a garment. I read your looks into knitting sloping shoulder tops with great interest. Your work and your insights are very informative. Thanks!

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  2. Rip it out! It’s not worth doing if you already know the issues and you know you can do so much better! Plus, sitting on needles for so long will leave a mark and sometimes that never blocks out.

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  3. Hi Deb,
    Oh that pink looks very pretty but I tend to agree with Lynn, rip it out .
    Then I’d be tempted to give it a gentle rinse in some “Soak” to help get the kinks out . Let it dry , and start playing around with it again with fresh eyes. Good luck whatever you decide.
    Peg Bird

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