Above is the front and back. To say I am pleased, is an understatement. Truly I didn’t expect to be making progress,especially this much in only a few days. I was able to knit these two pieces in the evenings while watching TV.
They are straight pieces and practically mirror images. The difference is in the necklines. I am still not totally confident in my swatch-to-gauge calculations. I am planning a cut and sew neckline. Instead of the modified cut and sew I usually do, I’ve opted for the more traditional method with another exception. When Sweater Maker said to start shaping, I hung a marker yarn. Hopefully you can expand the pics and see the green yarn outlining the necklines.
At first glance I thought “These are too long. I don’t have the row gauge correct.” Well both row and stitch gauge were verfied for me by simply measuring the pieces. They finished the expected width and length. The error has to be somewhere else AND it is. I am planning a 1″ ribbing at the hem. I should have reduced the length of the side from hem to underarm by the amount of the planned hem. Usually I do that by looking at the row gauge and beginning with the row count set to equal 1″ of knitted rows. Didn’t do that. Definitely my bad and now an issue for me.
I could serge off 1″ from the bottom and add my hem. I don’t particularly like the looks of that, but it is possible. Another option is since I am already doing cut and sew of the necklines, I could mark and stitch another 1″ lower from the top edge, then serge an additional 1″ off the top. Which is probably what I will do. It makes for a rougher finish at the top. Neither choicea are entirely objectionable to me but I will be disappointed that I am using RTW rather than the really professional knit finish I had envisioned.
Still have the sides to knit (I am using the Tabula Rasa Tee as my shape) and of course the ribbings/bindings/edge finishes after I decide how to handle them.