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September 1 2016
September 21 2016
Project info
Argo by Svetlana Volkova
Needles & yarn
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
MacAusland's Woollen Mills 3-ply fine
9 skeins = 1350.0 yards (1234.4 meters), 900 grams
MacAusland’s Woollen Mills Ltd in Bloomfield Corner, Prince Edward Island
September 1, 2016

My souvenir sweater. More like a coat I think….

I’m starting with the size 50, but will likely need more space in the bust. Possible methods to add width:

  • Add extra stitches under the arm. This is good for my arm and torso.
  • I could add bust increases after the garter stitch section. This could give a nice gather look above the bust.
  • Switch to a size 5.5 mm needle. It would make the fabric drapier. I like the idea of dense fabric for the top to help support the sweater, and looser on the bottom to make it more fluid.

I may just use all these techniques. The beauty of a top down sweater, is I can decide as I go.

September 7, 2016

I really like the garter portion of this sweater and how it goes together, but I did have to tweak the pattern to suit myself.

  • I did 20 increases on each front, but only 18 on the back.
  • I changed to a 5.5mm needle at the same time as doing the increases. I wanted to emphasize the ruching and also, that was my preferred gauge for this yarn.
  • I needed to add extra stitches to the sleeves. I did so by randomly adding them every other row during the phase where you are increasing on the body and the sleeves. it’s like a gusset for the upper arms. I will also have to pick up two extra under the arm.
  • I added 4 pairs of short rows to the bust, each pair 3 stitches apart.

September 14, 2016

This is going fast!
My hips are 2” larger than my bust, so starting at the waist I am adding 2 stitches at the side every six rows. I carry my weight in my front, so that’s why the increases are only going there.

I love being able to try on a top down sweater to check fit.

September 22, 2016

More mods:

Decreased in the arms every 9th row. Did 4 decreases around on last round before garter cuff.

Sweater fit nice in the front, but short in the back, so I added a short-row section to the back to lengthen it there. Makes me wonder how that happened? Should I have eliminated the short rows at the bust.

For the button bands, I did not pickup stitches all the way to the top. I’ve a nice notched collar because of it.

The final sweater is more of a jacket. All I need now is the buttons!

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  • Project created: September 1, 2016
  • Finished: September 22, 2016
  • Updated: September 25, 2016
  • Progress updates: 3 updates