Well, after all of that worrying and fretting, I think I have a wearable sweater. It’s far more body-hugging than I was aiming for but I think it might be passable. My kids and hubby swear that it looks nice. But, I don’t think they’d have the heart to tell me if it didn’t.
I ended up tearing out the original collar and re-knitting it to include decreases at the shoulders to help it lay flat. I also made it a bit wider to match the cuffs and bottom ribbing. Overall, I’m pleased with the way the project turned out but I still wish I had done one more pattern repeat to give myself a little ease.
The huge lesson with this sweater: Wool swatches will shrink over time so make sure that sucker has a couple of days to fluff up so I get an accurate gauge measurement!
As much as I hate pictures of myself, I’m including a couple to give a better feel for the sweater fit. It’s about 1/2 inch of negative ease in the bust, and an inch of negative ease in the hips. It’s too small for hubby after all so I don’t know what to do with this thing if I don’t wear it.
While I’m waiting on yarn for my space invaders sweater, I’ve cast on for a pair of monster-butt pants for my nephew. My sister requested them. I really need to teacher her how to knit one of these days! lol. But, it’s nice to have people that appreciate my hard work. She knows how to crochet so maybe I’ll have to work in a trade… hmmm…