Hourglass Sweater 2.0

November 5th, 2007 | View Comments

Finished Hourglass Sweater

Pattern: Hourglass Sweater, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, 33″ size
Yarn: Noro Cash Iroha, #85, 10 skeins
Needles: Addi Turbos, US 8 (5mm)

Oh, this is so, so much better. Let me remind you again of how it used to fit:

Old Hourglass Sweater

Why on earth did I ever think this fit well?

I love the fit of the new sweater, though I am a little bit concerned about the sleeve length. The length looks fine in the photo above, but the shoulders and upper arms stretched out as I wore the sweater, causing the sleeves to shorten. Ideally, I’d like to have another inch so the sleeves completely cover my wrists. I’m trying to block the sleeves a bit longer, but I can always take the sleeve apart in the middle and insert a few rows if I need to.

I made a few minor adjustments to the pattern. First, I skipped all the turning rounds and did up all the hems as I went so the only seams I had to do were the underarm seams. Second, I worked two extra decrease rows at the neck so the opening wouldn’t be too wide.

The main lesson learned from my adventures in knitting Hourglass twice: When in doubt, go small.

It’s a lesson I’m slowly learning with my regular wardrobe as well. Fitted looks nice. Baggy looks sloppy. Negative ease is good, particularly in clothes that will stretch out with wear.

On to Rogue, and NaKniSweMo!

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