A few months ago when I when to the sheep and yarn fest in Reinbeck, I picks up about 1500 yards of this super soft yarn – from Decadent Fibers- can anything be more fitting a name? Going through their discount bin I found enough hanks to make a sweater and all would work together. They are all variegated hand dyed yarns with the same basic greens and browns. One of my biggest addictions is buying yarn and then not knowing what to do with it or because I only bought a ball or two or rainbow of colors that don’t match.
I wasn’t sure at first what I wanted to make, I checked every place for ideas for patterns. After much searching and thinking I knew what I wanted. I looked at cardigans and pullovers and what have you. Finally an idea came to me based on a sweater I bought recently. It had a ribbed bodice and sleeves and then a plain knknitted bottom for a nice empire waist. Sometimes knowing what you want is harder than not knowing. I checked everyone for a similar pattern, even in different yarn weights since I really have no problem with “adjusting” patterns. I am Ravelry addict but still no luck there.
I knew I could figure one out, I’m used to top down knitting so I knew I could do this.
Sometimes when you know what you want it’s harder to find the pattern.
Basic Sweater Design
Finally now that I finished Jess’s socks, I had to get serious on finding a pattern. I found one close to what I wanted but it was made using cabling and it wasn’t quite right. I really just wanted to do a top down Raglan since that is much easier. Finally after much searching, I realized what I was looking for wasn’t there. I was on my own, sort of.
I used to figure out the math for top down but now there are online generators for that. I decided to go with Knitting Fool Generator. It is pretty basic but I just wanted one to figure out beginning stitch counts. So I go my gauges and my measurements and just put them in. I fudged a little since I didn’t want any ease in the bodice (it automatically adds 2,4,or 6 inches).
To begin, with I am using a broken rib for the bodice and arms and am finally at a point where it all stretches out to the circular needle. As I went to take a pick of all the yarn, I realized I started with the wrong green. I meant to start with the green I had 2 of, it’s also lighter, so I will probably spend the night ripping out and starting over again. I want this to come out right, so I will bite the bullet and do it right,
Another detail – I love an empire waist and snug bodice but I have noticed with frustration all to often that too often that bodice is too short – either if it’s cups, smocking, surplice style. That style works so well with my shape but not when the cups end mid way across the girls.Even in the sweater I like that, the ribbing ends about half way across my boobs. It just ruins the effect. At list if I knit it I can fix that.
After I finish the bodice and the top of the arms(?) I plan to switch to stst and a larger needle for a looser drapyer fabric. I promise I will keep you updated on this journey.