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Sleeve Fail

Or, how an almost-finished sweater becomes a gauge swatch. A really, really big gauge swatch.

I want to preface this by saying I think that Cloudy Sunday is a super cute sweater. But even as I was knitting it, I had the sneaking suspicion I was knitting it for the body I want instead of the body I actually have right now.

So imagine my delight when I finished the body, pinned the shoulders in place, tried it on and discovered it didn’t look so bad. Definitely not terrible like I had feared. (You’ll have to trust me on this as I have no photographic evidence of it.)

Now, the sleeve shaping is interesting in this sweater, and I was excited to get the shoulders seamed and the little bit of ribbing knit on. That’s where it all went wrong. I thought that I had just been careless in picking up the stitches for the ribbing on the first sleeve, so I took greater care with the second. And had the same problem.

I just don’t care for the way the two sides split off at the end of the sleeve cap. And how it results in a little “pooch” in the sleeve that distorts the ribbing. Maybe this could be fixed by seaming them further, but I just don’t like the sweater on me enough to be bothered with it.

Hence, a big ‘ol gauge swatch. I’m thinking for an owls.


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