Not Slow Enough

I keep meaning to make more knits on my machine and learning to sew them up.  It’s a sloooooow process.  So much so that I just never get around to it, preferring to sew up commercial fabrics.  And then, Pattern Review had a sewing with sweater knits contest for October.  Perfect to get me going, right?  A whole month ought to be enough, right?

Umm, wrong.  It turns out that this month is also Halloween.  And it turns out that I have two daughters who decided they just had to be Unikitty and Maleficent-the-young-one-from-the-movie.  Have you found those costumes in a store? Yeah, me neither.  I have to make ’em.  And that means sewing them in October.  Unless we move Halloween to November? I thought not.

Two weeks for the sweater then.  I’m using a commercial pattern : McCalls 6796. I figured having patterning all over the sweater would just take too long so I started by knitting a long length of jersey, enough for the sleeves as it turned out.  I added a length at a looser tension for the collar.  Since it’s two layers, I thought it might get a little thick looking otherwise. That’s when the idea of alternating stripes of low and high tensions came to me.  A main body that would tie the sleeves and collar together.

See the stripes?

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Squint a little.  Here’s some help.

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Now, do you see them on top?  Yeah.  Verrrrrry subtle.  And that’s where the “not slow enough” comes in.  If I’d gone more slowly, taken more time, I would have done some tests and realized that the stripes didn’t show up well. Before I’d knit over 1000 rows of them. (In my defense, they were subtle but visible while I was knitting them.)

But costumes.  So it’ll be a speedy slow sweater.  When I’m done. (And when I’m done, you’ll see the other stupid stuff that speed made me do… And it will look better than that picture down there.)

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Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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3 comments on “Not Slow Enough
  1. Charity says:

    It might not have been what you were aiming for, but I love how subtle the stripes are! I like the collar shape too.

    • Thank you! That collar is what made me buy the pattern in fact. I actually finished the sweater and wore it yesterday but didn’t manage to get pictures. I’ll try to get some today. And I’m inspired to try this pattern again but this time, I’ll take my time a bit more with the fabric…

  2. […] finished that sweater from last week! And I actually like it a lot despite its many, many mistakes and […]

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