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:
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
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!