Jen's fitted Astoria
October 6, 2015
November 15, 2015

Jen's fitted Astoria

Project info
Astoria by Kay Hopkins
2X bust, 1X waist, 2.5X hips
Needles & yarn
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
Valley Yarns Northampton
10 skeins = 2470.0 yards (2258.6 meters), 1000 grams
WEBS - America's Yarn Store in Northampton, Massachusetts

10-6-2015 - Swatching

This yarn is knitting up really tightly, but it makes gauge, and is very close to the yardage/weight ratio of the original yarn. I’m hoping this means it will be a very durable, long lasting sweater that will put up with becoming a winter staple to my wardrobe.

10-12-2015 - Read Yoke Instructions Carefully

So, I got to the end of the yoke, put the sleeves on holders, and started the body. I checked the sleeve stitch count, and my heart stopped. 20 stitches short?!

I reread the instructions… and noticed something I hadn’t noticed before. I felt the sinking of my stomach that happens right before I pull the needles out of my work, and rip back, I did. Four inches.

When you’re reading the yoke instructions, there is a part labeled “Check to divide for body and sleeves”. These instructions are repeated twice; once before Yoke Set C and once after the Final Increases section, depending on where your sizing needs the next set of instructions. In my case (larger sizes), this happens AFTER Yoke Set D and the Final Increases on the following page.

Remember, pets, read all the yoke instructions AND MAP THEM OUT before you make a foolish mistake (which the designer did a wonderful job of emphasizing. I was just not thinking clearly at the time), and are required to rip back four, stomach sinking, inches.

10-24-2015 - Mods for my pear shape

Decrease to Waist Section:
Decrease Round every 4th round 8 times. (238 sts)

Increase To Hips Section:
Increase Round every 3rd round 17 times. Knit until side seam is 17 inches long and ending after a twist round. (306 sts)

knit an extra two twists before sleeve edging.

05-14-2016 - Project Retrospective

I’m really not comfortable with the collar. The tighter gauge of the sweater means it didn’t relax across my shoulders like it was supposed to, so my collar basically stands up on it’s own and is resting against my throat, which I hate. I’m going to look at the pattern, and my options and determine how to deepen the collar.

I would have liked a deeper shirt tail. There was plenty of room to add more short rows. If I had to do it over, I’d add another few extra.

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  • Originally queued: September 20, 2015
  • Project created: October 7, 2015
  • Finished: November 15, 2015
  • Updated: May 15, 2016
  • Progress updates: 3 updates