Friday, September 22, 2006

Hope for the Best, But Plan for the Worst

I don't think I've ever knit a sweater so quickly. I just have the sleeves and the neck finishing to do. Here's a side view ...

I love this sweater -- the deep v-neck is flattering, the lace panel hits in just the right place, the hip shaping is perfect. The only problem is that it's just a bit bigger than I would prefer. Furthermore, I think it may grow once it has been washed. Can any of you confirm this, my darkest fear, about Silky Wool?

Other questions: Is there anything I can do to make it a bit smaller after it is finished? Blocking tricks? Controlled shrinking? Magic spells?

I implore you, do not suggest that I rip and knit a smaller size. I can always wear a blouse under it. Also, if I had to knit the top portion again, before it is joined in the round, I think I might weep with frustration. The endless purling. It gets to me.

43 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

i just saw that pattern last week, and I loved it! You did a fantastic job.. unfortunately I don't know any blocking tips, but it doesn't seem all that big from the picture- it looks great!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

It really looks fabulous on you, Laura--so happy to see more of you on your blog! I don't know anything about working with silk or silk blends, so can offer no advice. It doesn't look too big, if that's any consolation.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I don't think it looks too big on you. If worse comes to worse, your idea of wearing a blouse under it will help.

10:47 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

from the picture it doesn't look too big. i have no blocking tips but am wishing the best for you!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Very flattering! I only know how to block things bigger (whether I want them bigger or not).

10:51 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Before you try anything drastic, how about knitting up a little swatch or two with leftover Silky Wool (hopefully you have some) and then experiment trying to make it shrink? You could try to hand felt it a bit, or see how it reacts to a short cycle in the dryer.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

I'm knitting Eris in silky wool but I haven't washed it so unfortunately I can't help you with that question :o( I do know that if you make something longer when blocking it gets narrower so if you block it a bit longer it might take out the 'wideness' that you don't like...?

11:05 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

That's it! I'm getting this pattern. It looks great! And some Silky Wool. I am a follower! Have a great weekend.
By the way, new yarn store opening next month in Willoughby--acquaintance of mine bought it! Maybe we can get the "west siders" together with the "east siders"! :)

11:07 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

It looks great, and you've inspired me. I just bought the pattern and I may use it to knit my first adult sized sweater.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I have washed a Silky Wool poncho (this will be frogged and re-knit into something else, believe me!) and the yarn pretty much stayed the same. I think it looks fab. Just right for Colin.

11:35 AM  
Blogger mary said...

Oh, your SKB looks really really lovely! I'm encouraged to make this sweater. After seeing a few pictures of completed SKBs on SKC, I wasn't confident about the sweater but yours and Jeanie's have changed my mind. I haven't started mine yet; it's slated for October barring any unforeseen knitting emergencies ;). What size did you make? I'm planning to use some anny blatt merino wool, similar to karabella aurora 8 and got gauge. I'm a loose knitter and on the petite side.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

Wow -- it looks wonderful! I'm making myself finish my other sweaters before starting this one.

12:24 PM  
Blogger christine said...

I agree with Jenna's suggestion - that will give you an idea how much, if any, shrinkage you could accomplish with the dryer. Then, never dry it again.......

That color is great on you!!!

12:26 PM  
Blogger jillian said...

I haven't worn a garment from Silky Wool, but with the silk content it would surprise me if it grows. I have a cotton cardigan like that, I have to wet or wash it as toss it in a cool dryer until almost dry to "shrink" it back to my size ever few wears. Perhaps some seaming to take in at the sides?

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Renata said...

Man, that red is such a yummy color! I need to stash some of that.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Mary-Heather said...

The sweater looks terrific on you! You may want to go the blouse-under route? Because it really does look great.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

As others have suggested, putting it (or, perhaps more prudently, a swatch) in the dryer when it is ALMOST dry (so block it until it is just still damp) is what I would do. I have had success with that method in the past.

It looks wonderful! Great pattern.

12:55 PM  
Blogger jennie said...

It's beautiful (and a great color!)... I have no idea about shrinking it. I'm still new to blocking (reinforcing my belief that i'm the laziest knitter in the world!) It looks great on you as-is (and it might be nice to have the ease so you can layer it, esp. now that we're heading into winter).

1:06 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

it looks amazing! perfect! love the color on ya too :)

1:37 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

It looks beautiful on you! Great color too!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Kate A. said...

Yeah, Jenna and Rachel's ideas sound really good if you find that you need it a little smaller, but unless it really does get bigger with washing or wearing, I wouldn't bother! It looks fantastic, and I think would look even more so with, say, a silk button-down blouse underneath?

And you know what I think about the color. :-)

I'm noticing a consensus on the blogs and the SKC that both this pattern and Sizzle seem to be coming out a little bigger than expected. Maybe it's partly because the yarns people are using are so drapey? I've just been calculating how to adjust for the stash yarn I want to use, with which I get (if memory serves) 22 sts/4" instead of 20. I was going to make a size bigger (I want to use the same yarn for both patterns, but in different colors), but now I'm thinking I might just make the size I would normally make if I were knitting to gauge...what do you think? Too risky?

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I think the sweater seems to fit just fine. I do agree with the idea of shrinking a test swatch in the dryer - just until slightly damp, though; not until it's completely dry - to see what happens.

Quick comment to Kate A: Instead of changing the size of the garment you plan on knitting, adjust the needle size until you are knitting in gauge.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Terhi said...

It looks beautiful! The colour is perfect for you. :-)

2:23 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

oooh nice colour! if you really want it smaller - try eating your way into a tighter fit ;-)

3:09 PM  
Blogger Brianne said...

I have no advice... but I adore the color!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Fru_Gal said...

Add "I'm Not Really a Waitress" nails and Colin doesn't stand a chance. Love the color!

3:54 PM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

That's a stunning sweater! I guess I agree with Jenna et al. who say swatch up a bit and see if controlled shrinking works.

If it seems possible, maybe you could just wet/dampen the specific areas that need shrinking? I, however, am of the mind that it looks perfect on you so far!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Love the color. (I just typed love the Colin. hmmmm.) Colin won't be able to resist!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Jaimi said...

Wow! It looks fabulous on you. I am just about to cast on for the SKB this weekend. I splurged and got the Tilli Tomas yarn in a very similar color as your Silky Wool. I'm glad, what a pretty color!

5:55 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Wow, it's so pretty! And I'd agree that it doesn't look too big, but people said that about my Kepler and it was gargantuan (pictures can lie), so I'll just sympathize. I think the seaming idea was good, as was the dryer trick. Beautiful work--can't wait to see it with sleeves! :)

6:25 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

I think it looks great, but if you're really not happy, you could always sew some seams up the sides to take it in a little . . . no extra knitting required!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! Why haven't I seen this pattern before?!?!

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

How did you get gauge in this pattern? did you alter it at all?? I'm sooo curious!

3:05 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

Rip out and knit a smaller size? It would be easier, in my opinion, to just put on 10 or 15 pounds.

Looks great.

6:27 AM  
Blogger vera said...

sorry i have no tips for you laura, but i do think it looks absolutely lovely on you. hope it works out. :0) x

6:31 AM  
Anonymous melissa said...

it really looks beautiful! it doesn't look too big at all. so pretty!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love that sweater. Okay, that's it, I'm buying the pattern!! I can resist no longer. It sounds like you've gotten a few good suggestions on trying to make it smaller. I hope they work out.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

That is just gorgeous! And so is that picture of you, skinny minnie! I think Jenna's idea is brilliant.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

You could always take a sewing maching and make side seams to pull it in on the sides. . .

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Good lord, Laura! You look beautiful, and I cannot believe how quickly you finished it. I don't think it's too big -- it skims nicely and allows you to have another piece of chocolate without worry. I think I have to make that sweater now.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

Wow! Nice job! I hope blocking works well for you.

That pictures makes you look like Meridith from Grey's Anatomy. :)

7:13 PM  
Blogger knitannie said...

Laura, where did you get this pattern from? Looks amazing on you. At first I thought it was a picture of a much younger Sharon Stone when I opened your post. Has anyone ever told you that you look like her before, because I'm wondering if it's just the angle. I mean that in the nicest possible way, not the non-underwear wearing, Ho kind of way. xxx

10:29 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Wow... it looks amazing! and I have no idea how to change the fit once it's knit but I think it'd look fine with a blouse!

4:14 PM  

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