Saturday, September 13, 2014
Very Shannon Summer Sweater KAL: Wisterious
Ta-da! I finished my Wisterious lace top in time for the Very Shannon Summer Sweater KAL, and I love the final results!!
I bought this Juniper Moon Findley Dappled (50% merino, 50% silk) for another project, but the gauge just wasn't working. After a quick search through Ravelry, I found the wonderful Wisterious by Jennifer Dassau and my yarn (held double) was perfect for it.
Here are my notes:
1. The sizes are a bit limited on this pattern. I decided to make this top as a size 38, but only blocked it to about 36" around. I think the fit is good and it will probably drape more with wear.
2. You may remember that I wasn't confident that I was on gauge when I started. The only fix for this was to trust and continue knitting down to where I joined the body under the underarms. Then I tried on what I had to see if it was going to fit. If it didn't, I had two choices: 1) cry; or 2) rip it out and start over in a larger size. Luckily it fit.
3. I only made a few modifications along the way. I made the length of the top only 22" by doing only 2" of ribbing. I was a little afraid that I would run out of yarn (silly - I have a fair amount left over).
4. To accomodate my larger hips, I cast on an additional 28 stitches around before starting the rib border. I also only went down one needle size for the bottom border hem.
5. I was thinking of omitting the buttonholes and just sewing the buttons in place - but don't! The neck opening is not large enough to fit your head without unbuttoning the neckline a bit, and making the buttonholes is super easy and super fun!
6. Although the instructions don't mention it, I think you really need a set of dpns to do the armhole ribbing. My smallest dpns were size #4, so that's what used. I think they worked fine. Because my ribbing wasn't as tight as the pattern called for, I omitted two rounds of the border. Then I just bound off in pattern.
Love the finished top! Thanks to the other ladies in this KAL for their vote of confidence on my coral/orange buttons. I think they are the perfect choice :)