August 04, 2005
And there are plenty more outfits suitable only for graduate students where that came from!
The left front of my wrap sweater is done, and I pinned it to the back piece and "tried it on." Most aspects look stellar - the overall length is right, the armholes are the right length and depth, the width of the back is perfect... there's only one point of concern.
You see, my intent was to have the shoulder seams very narrow, so that the front would be very open. Think, mega V-neck, deep and wide. I think I've seen this look one too many times in Vogues and VKs lately, and I wanted a replica. I thought it would look good on me!
So, my design reflected that - the "straps", if you will, of the sweater narrow to a measly 2". Now that I've tried the sweater on, I think this look isn't exactly for me. You can't tell my shape from that photo, but imagine the line of the wrap running right across my... bazoomba (Sil would say), like a demi-bra. Did I design it this way? Yes. Did it knit up as designed? Yes. Would it look better on someone less endowed? Probably. Do I still want it this way after trying it on? Not so much.
The plan is set, the needles are ready. I'm aiming for something like this:
All I have to do is leave about 3-3.5" worth of strap, and decrease at a slower rate (the two go hand in hand). That's no problem at all.
Before I ripped, I took some photos of the edging:
This is a modified i-cord edging designed by Annie Modesitt. It's used in her Backyard Leaves scarf (Scarf Style) and in Alison's scarf (free link from her blog website). The edging looks identical from all angles - front, back, and side, which makes it oh-so-attractive and neat! It is simple and is worked at the same time as the rest of the sweater. You can see it clearly against the purl background of the wrong side of my wrap, but it blends it nicely with the right side. As usual, Annie comes up with the cool stuff ;).