Haphazard knitting results

20 Jan

You know how some people, when they cook, they measure everything, and follow the recipe directions exactly? They put in a quarter teaspoon this, a half cup that?  And then some other people, when they cook, they just throw some salt in, and then some water, and if it needs a little more of something, well, they add a little more.

I’m like the latter, in both sewing and knitting. That’s what I mean, when I say I’m a “haphazard” handcrafter.  I make things up as I go along.  Sometimes I read only partway through the directions. Sometimes, I confess, I knit without even swatching. And sometimes, I admit, my results are questionable.

But I swear, sometimes I swatch, and I can’t tell the difference in the results!  Like the sweater I just finished this week. I swatched twice. Two swatches!  I even washed those swatches, and blocked them. But my sweater ended up too small just the same.


But I’m living with it. I realized it halfway through, of course. I had the option to rip back (weeks and weeks worth of knitting!) But no, I did not rip. I charged resolutely onward. “It’ll be form-fitting,” I told myself. “That’s a good thing, in a cardigan.”  “It’ll grow!” I decided, a week or two later. “Cotton always grows, after you’re done knitting it, and I hate saggy sweaters.”

So now it’s done, and I have to wait a few washings to see just how much, in fact, this thing is going to grow and sag…or if, in fact, it might always fit like some vintage sweater I found in a thrift shop and just had to have, regardless of the fact that it was three sizes too small. At any rate, I love the color, and I love the pattern (It’s “Que Sera”, from Knitty), and I love the sparkly crystal buttons that throw catchlights around the room when I wear it, and make it look even more like a vintage find.

And in preparation for my “handmade, only handmade” trip next week, I wore it with my “Marginal Skirt” from last week. Two halfway-great items, added together, equal great…of course they do.

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4 Responses to “Haphazard knitting results”

  1. Ash January 20, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I LOVE this! Doesn’t look too small at all, just ultra vintage and chic! 🙂

    • handmadejulie January 20, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks!
      It’s bigger, today. I think it’s already stretching…

  2. Sue January 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Very cute. I agree with Ash — looks vintage and chic!

  3. brownbirdgreenstring January 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    I think it looks fantastic! And you can always take it out of the wash and stretch and block it to no end, right?

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