The work is still not done… but just to show you the “before” photos…
Woven Bands Pullover
Pattern: Interweave Knits, Winter 2008
Yarn: Fingerlakes Soft Wool 3-ply
Needles: Size US 10
Thank goodness Kris’s smile distracts from the crazy neckline, right?? (and yes, he is 28 years old but looks like he is 16… he gets carded all the time. I figure that he will keep this baby face and I will be mistaken for his mother one of these days… or a cougar…)
Apart from the crazy wide boatneck, I am happy with how this looks. It blocked well and has the relaxed look in the sleeves and torso that Kris appreciates in a sweater. He tried it on with both a t-shirt and with a collared shirt (seen below) and the neckline looked equally big in both – no two ways around it. So, something clearly has to be done. However, he did say that unless I can figure out a way to fix the neckline, he probably won’t wear it. I can’t blame him. The neckline is huge. I tried to bring it in one inch on either side, but it was not enough, and it was very hard to get the seams even without puckering (there are decreases right there).
I have quite a few options from here – the first being the obvious: RIP it and just chock it up to experience. The second option: steal it and make it *my* sweater. I do like boatnecks and tunics… The other option: figure out a way to fix it. Thanks to you all – and my friends on Ravelry and Flickr – I now have lots of suggestions on how to fix it. Because the sweater was knit side-to-side, it is a little harder to just pick up stitches along the neckline. I want it to look like it is supposed to be there, not just thrown in later. I am planning to explore the options over the coming holiday weekend… should give me enough time to come up with something or to make the decision to just cut my losses and rip it out. I want to make it work though, because I really do like the way it looks on him everywhere else!
I really loved this Fingerlakes Soft Wool yarn. It was a last minute purchase at Maryland Sheep and Wool this past year – great yardage and really great price too for such pretty colors and texture. The mill gathers wool from the sheep of the Finger Lakes region of New York and produces this yarn (and a few other weights of yarn). The light heathery blue totally caught my eye in their festival stand – and I actually went back the next day and bought one more colorway in the same weight (a royal blue). When Kris was looking through my stash for his choice of yarn for the anniversary sweater, he chose this one. I was totally surprised – he usually goes for dark colors – brown, navy, dark green – so the light blue was a nice surprise pick.
So, this is not the last word on this sweater… you may see it again real soon – hopefully with some good fixes! In the meantime, I have some other projects on the needles… I couldn’t help myself