Sometimes I have all these fabulously evil plans to make a pattern better, but honestly, sometimes I just end up with evil. I have no doubt that you'll read this whole post shaking your head and saying, "what are you talking about, that top looks just fine". I'll blame the USDA Choice photography on that, but I can't deny that I'm just not happy with the process or the result. Boo hoo, it's my knitting pity party, did you bring your party hat?
This is Stanza by Sarah Hatton, from Rowan Magazine 56.
I fell for the 50's cropped frame and those little barely noticeable cables running up the raglans. Also, I wanted to try out Rowan's yarn from last year, Mohair Haze, made of 70% super kid mohair and 30% extra fine merino. Just look at this COLOR!! I couldn't resist.
Ok, I liked it -- but there was one major issue, reverse stockinette. Yes, the outside of this piece is the "wrong side" of knitting and my wrong side is usually pretty ugly and untamed. Additionally, I had a ton of trouble with split stitches using this yarn (pretty unusual for me, so be careful).
The wrong side especially shows fixes badly -- I mean, I had to go down over 60 rows to fix that lowest mistake! So I decided I would flip Stanza inside out and use the nice smooth stockinette side on the outside.
But then that was trouble for the cabled raglan. To show off cables nicely, you usually have a nice bed of reverse stockinette to display it on. Well, look at that, I had removed it. I decided, ok, I'll go subtle and do stockinette on stockinette. It's ok, not great.
And to be really knitpicky, those decreases look like Frankenstein sutures! Happy Halloween, everybody.
BUT NONE OF THAT COMPARED TO THE MISTAKE I MADE ON THE RAGLANS. Look, those cables are twisting the same way! omg! /expletive/ Yes, I thought I was clever when I did the body bottom up and the sleeves top down (to make them as long as I had yarn for)... until I didn't switch the cable to compensate. Ugh.
Also, by this point I was getting pretty disenchanted with this project because of the yarn. It was beautiful to look at, but the hair was flying around everywhere as I knitted. As in, don't wear lip gloss or else. To top it off, it was knit on size US 2.5/3.00 mm needles (kill me now) AND it refused to undo itself, knotting like mad with every stitch.
Nooooo, those cables were going to stay and I was going to soldier on.
I'm like a bulldog with knitting projects, I tend to finish them no matter how much they are pissing me off.
Even this bulldog started walking home though, because after intending to make full-length sleeves, after the elbow I was like, I AM SO DONE WITH THIS.
A note about the neck -- it's nice and square in the original photo. I guess I cast-off too tightly, but then I didn't really mind the roll neck, because it stays put. I bet I would be messing with a rectangular collar all the time. I tried to mirror the elbow to roll, too. My smile says smoothly, I meant it all from the beginning, oh yes. (a.k.a. never trust this smile)
The silver lining is a positive note about this yarn: one of the reasons I was so annoyed with the project was because I was convinced that the yarn flyaways were going to make wearing this top a nightmare. It ruined the inside of my knitting bag -- I had to "wax" it with tape so that I could put another project inside without it becoming Donald Trump's hairpiece.
But wouldn't you know it, after blocking, sewing and 3 days of wear -- not one hair has been flying around. There's a beautiful glow on the shoulders from the fuzz, and the fabric really looks quite delicate and lovely. Even more? It's not itchy at all, I can't believe it. So there you go, it's like a cherry on top of an invisible sundae. Yummy and magical.
And now let's end this pity party early, the whine and cheese is done, onto a much more rockin' after party next week!
See my Stanza, Convoluted on Ravelry