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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Can this sweater be saved?

This one kinda hurts. I could have sworn my gauge was spot on. I made size small, thinking the extra small would be too, well, small. Alas, I think I was wrong. My tubey is too big and awfully frumpy.

I feel like this resembles something Mallory might have worn on "Family Ties." Like it would look perfect with a pair of scrunched down socks and leggings.

If I put my hair up, does it look any better?

What if I stand in the bathroom like a Craigslist photo?

I'm just down in the dumps about this one. I guess I could reknit the body since it only took about a week. But that 3 by 1 ribbing was nearly my death, and I'm worried that it still won't look right. It's like the ribbing just looks ugly on me.


Blogger Rachel said...

I don't think it looks bad. But it does look roomie so, like you said, if you can handle it maybe rip back and do the extra small. Its a beautiful color on you so I'd say its worth making it into something you'll wear. Just a de-lurking thought :)

5:28 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I think there's hope for Tubey! With the right outfit, it will be just fine. Hair back and skirt, perhaps? Sometimes I am amazed how Interweave and Vogue Knitting can transform what is essentially a frumpy sweater into a cute outfit with the right skirt and accessories. And trust me, Tubey is nowhere near as frumpy as some of those things!

7:32 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

sigh, it's just a little too big isnt it. and your gauge is the same as the pattern? did you block it? I would knit a smaller size if you can handle going through all that ribbing again.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

If youre not going to wear it I'd reknit it or try and block it if it's animal fiber. I am sorry to see this pattern was kind of a bust. I was thinking of making it myself maybe this fall or something...but I'm thinking I might do the Hourglass sweater instead.

8:14 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Rip it. Reknit it or don't -- it's up to you. It looks relatively fine, and a lot of women would be happy with it as is, but you're pretty fashion savvy and you're not going to be satisfied looking like a suburban mom. The bottom line is, if you're not going to wear it, why waste perfectly good yarn?

It is a nice sweater though. I'd reknit it in xs, but if that's going to make you miserable, why bother.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

Did you block it? poor tubey. I'm sure you can fix her somehow

8:50 AM  
Blogger bbrug said...

I dunno. It might look better smaller, but I kind of think it's the lack of stripes that makes it frumpy. Or the ribbing, if you want to blame the ribs. But I think in the original, these features are complementary: the stripes giveth va va voom and the ribs taketh away.

But maybe I'm just thinking this because I ordered yarn to make a stripey version last night.

Can you edit the pics in Photoshop to see if making the bottom half--below the bust, empire style--a darker shade of blue (or black) would help? Then it would be kind of a self-shrugging sweater. Too crazy?

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Bonne Marie Burns has a great tutorial on taking in a too big sweater, check it out Looks much easier than reknitting. Great color.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

The sweater is cute but I can tell you would like it better if it had a tighter fit.
You could take in the sweater on each side using a mattress stitch seam along two of the ribs and see if you like that fit better. Then you can either reinforce that seam and cut off the excess yarn or reknit the whole thing. Reknit is never fun but it can be worth it.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I really love the color on you but it does look to be a bit big for your frame. I hate to say rip & reknit but I don't think you will be satisfied with it the way it stands.

Good luck with whatever you choose!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

Bummer! I, for one, would probably rip it and start over. Or, put it aside for a while and come back to it. I'm sure you'll figure out some sort of good solution. ;-)

9:54 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I think I would rip it back and knit the smallest size. I hate to tell you that, because it sounds so painful, but if you are unhappy with it, you'll never wear it.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Ha ha - Mallory from Family Ties! I loved her! I'm sure you'll figure something out - Tubey looks fabulous!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

i feel your pain! there is nothing worse than finishing a project and it's not exactly what you expected. i'd hate to say it, and i know you don't want to hear it, but if you are ever going to wear it and be happy, you're going to have to rip back. or just recycle the yarn for something else if you can't take reknitting the rib section.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

If you think it's too big, I don't think there's anything you can do but frog it and start over. I like the sleeve length, but I think the part that goes over your shoulder looks too loose.. Going the next size down will probably feel better since the body is ribber.

10:07 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

I'm with Elizabooth - rip it 'cos you're never gonna wear it. I think the smaller size would look great, but you just have to decide it you want to try the ribbing again.

10:10 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

hhmmmm, i suppose that you could reknit it if you really wanted to but i think that it looks pretty cute in your pictures. have you tried blocking it yet? a steam block may shrink it down a bit.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

It doesn't look bad, but I understand if it isn't all that you were hoping for. As Gleek suggested, try steam blocking her.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Oh no! I'm feel so bad for you. I agree with the others: if you're never going to wear it, rip and re-knit. I know, it hurts to hear it...

11:23 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

Hmmm, I think you should try to wear it and see how you feel about it before you rip it. Unless you already did (and that would be fine, of course). I was thinking how you looked better in the second picture and it's all in the expression on your face. Like in the first one, your face is saying "ugh! this sweater is too big" where as in the second one, you might be saying "you know, with my hair up and some baggy leggings, this COULD look cute!" I don't know, try it and see is what I'd say.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Definitely give it a little time before you rip. I am sorry you are not happy with it! There are several options her laid out - I hope you can choose one of those before frogging the whole thing!

Wanted to let you know - I will be in NYC in March... it would be so cool to meet you!

1:44 PM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

i think that it looks ok, but i am more of a tight fitting sweater person. if i were you i would just re knit it. it didnt take you much time anyways!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

It really doesnt look that bad - we are our own worst critic after all.
If steam blocking doesn't help and you don't feel up to reknitting the smaller size, perhaps it would be a great gift to someone?
I do like the sweater though - Tubey is on my list of "Eventually I want to get around to making this" patterns

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

If you aren't thrilled with it, RIP! That yarn is too nice to be tossed in the corner somewhere. I agree, it isn't the most flattering fit. Hopefully it's just because it needs to be a bit smaller. And since you flew through the body, it won't be THAT painful. It's a handknit custom made object. It should be perfect (whatever "perfect" is to you.)

2:53 PM  
Blogger Biglug said...

Oh it's too big. I think you have to figure out a way to take it in or rip it. It looks really cute when it's tight. Did you see the one Carrie knit for her sister. Now I'm afraid I should've casted on for the S but I just cast on for the M. I have gauge, so I'll have to try it on.

I'm sorry its too big! I don't think you'll wear it that big though. :(

3:08 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Hey, at least the color looks great on you. If you're not stoked with it, I suggest just ripping it now or else that baby will just sit in your closet and be a big ol' waste of yarn. At least if you frog it, you could use the yarn for something else or maybe be motivated to try Tubey again!

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

Can you throw it in the dryer and shrink it? That's what I would do. And then compulsively check it every five minutes.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I think you should try the suggestion to resize a la Bonne Marie. It would be less painful that ripping and restarting. Good luck - you did a great job!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rip it! you will never be happy looking like a "suburban mum" and there is a reason why RIP has the same initials a requiscat in pace...

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Maman said...

Do you think I could get into it???? I love the color.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

I'm with all the "rip it" folks who have spoken up thus far. More 3x1 ribbing does sound dreadful, but if you're never going to wear the sweater (and who could blame you? As much as others tell you it looks good, no one voluntarily puts something on if she's convinced it makes her look frumpy) then all that 3x1 ribbing was a total waste. And maybe that thought is more painful than the thought of doing more. ;)

It is a gorgeous color.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Megann said...

What kind of yarn did you use for Tubey? I'm considering that as my next project, and am debating yarn choices.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

oh poor girl I'm sorry to hear it doesn't fit but hey that color looks amazing on you! I'm with the otehrs I'd try and block it and then if that's a no go then it's a ripping you must go. Although I hate to rip so much I'd probably try seaming it on the sides and then cut off the excess.

12:50 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

wow. i was thinking of making it in the small, too.
whatever you endeavor to do about this sweater, i really hope it works out.
the solid, pretty color of the yarn would show off a pattern well. perhaps if you don't like the ribbing you could use another pattern for the body to break up the monotony? a cabled rib, perhaps? just sayin'...i don't know that you'd have enough yarn for that, but it wouldn't hurt to try.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Virginia said...

I just finished my tubey but haven't been able to post about it yet. I also did the extra small and had the same problem. I noticed as i got down to the chest that the back was much longer than the front. I ended up doing short rows in the front to match it up. It's not the best, but it came out alright.

Look, if it's too big why not take a risk and throw it in the dryer for 20 min? One cycle is not going to make it a baby sweater, what have you got to lose?

9:44 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Hmmm... I think the problem is the combination of loose, long, and fairly covered-up (you don't show as much collarbone as in the knitty pics).

If the yarn was inexpensive, I'd say go for the sew & cut resizing. If it was pricey, frog and reknit.

If you reknit, what about twisting the knit stiches in the rib? Rumor has it that gives you a firmer fabric, which should help it cling.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I would leave the arms the way they are and re-knit the tube in the smallest size. It's totally wearable, but I think you're right - it's just cuter when it's a little tight.

I also think that the cut and bring in the sides a la Bonne Marie is a great idea - I think it could work since it's all ribbing ... you could probably match it up pretty well.

I'm sorry it's not how you imagined it, but the color is fabulous and you have options! Don't despair yet!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

eek... so sorry that you're not happy with the fit of Tubey. It's pretty awful to end up with a garment that you put so much effort into only to find that you don't want to wear it. I unfortunately don't have any great pieces of advice on how to fix it without ripping it back. the only thing I could think of is if it's not too overly large, you could consider using a sewing maching to add in side seams to cinch it up a bit and cut out the excess fabric. I'm sure there's probably some stitching required to make sure the whole thing doesn't fall apart after you do this, so I'm not entirely sure if this would work.

8:54 PM  

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