Avert your eyes, my dear husband. It’s a post about knitting.
What I really need right now is some answers. Knitting answers, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to get any. So here’s the sweater story.
Mothed is a pattern on Ravelry. I was looking for a simple, drapey pullover and decided to knit this one. I thought I’d use a less expensive yarn to knit up a practice sweater to see if I’d like the fit. Even though I had gauge, knit my size and tried it on a few times while knitting it; after weaving in the ends and washing it, it grew about 2 sizes. It’s now large, quite large, and that’s exactly what it looks like…a really large sweater with a huge boat neck. It’ll be fine (great, even) as a cozy sweater (over a t-shirt) for work. But as a pre-knit to see if I would like the finished style/sizing/fit…all I can say is that all yarns are not created equal, and I have no idea how it will knit up with my expensive yarn. No idea at all.
I’ve knit lots of other things that turned out how I had planned, though. Socks and touques and cowls and even that sweater for Elena. So…
There’s the thing about yarn, but there’s also that thing about pattern. I’m currently battling a vintage sweater pattern that has a head-and-neck opening of 16 inches. Just for reference, my head is approximately 22 inches. The sweater will be OK, due to some rather un-fancy un-knitting on my part, but of course I’d much rather the sweater have been great. I’m learning the hard way that, just like recipes, there are bad patterns out there.
I admit to being frustrated at this point. However, there is only one thing to do. Knit. Knit more.