Sunday, October 5, 2014

Knitting Failure

I love knitting, but sometimes working from vintage patterns isn't all it's cracked up to be. I have been working on and off on the lovely sweater pictured above for over a year and a half now, and was really excited to finally finish it this week. Unfortunately, the collar (i.e. the reason I picked this pattern in the first place) looks nothing whatsoever like the illustration. 

What the?! What happened? I re-sized the pattern but kept all the original dimensions of the sweater. Everything fit perfectly together like a puzzle, so I know there wasn't a mistake in my calculations. But somehow the collar illustrated looks nothing like the final result. There are two points on the collar, but even after blocking it twists oddly so the bottom point disappears. Also, there is no way the collar can stand up like in the picture. Just not possible. It also sits much farther back that illustrated. So all and all, nothing like the picture.

It's quite disappointing when so much work goes into something and it turns out sub-par. Other than the odd collar, I quite like the fit of the sweater so I'm trying to come up with a way to alter it. I don't have enough yarn to knit a new collar though. Anyone have any suggestions?

I'm going to have to do a more fail-proof project next to lift my spirits. Maybe a hat?

To make up for this rather grumpy post, here is a pretty illustration from 1914

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

That's All.