I give up. Here’s my Aidez sweater. I started this thing last May, and finally finished it at the end of January. In the land of perpetual darkness, I just couldn’t find the time to take pictures, and I wasn’t that happy with it, so that’s why you’re only seeing it now. I’m kind of sad, because I loved this pattern when it came out, and it seemed like the perfect thing for me to throw on in the winter, but alas, it’s only so-so.
It’s too small, even though I sized up (this is supposed to fit a 36″ bust, which I have… in my dreams!!) to make sure that this would be nice and slouchy. The armpits are too snug, which is really annoying. It’s stretched a little bit since I started wearing it, but the armpit thing is pretty noticeable. Also, the arms run WAY small in this pattern– I had read that they are small, but I ignored this because I have skinny arms (I should probably buy a set of dumb bells before I turn into one of those noodle-armed old ladies that has to call a neighbor to open a jar of pickles for her). They were SKIN TIGHT. I can’t imagine how tight these would be if you actually worked out and had a little muscle tone! Gals, what’s cozier than skin-tight scratchy wool? AMIRITE??? I made them wearable by un-seaming the sleeves (harder than you would think) and picking up 8 stitches at the underarm. I knit those 8 stitches into a panel the length of the sleeve and seamed either side of it to the existing sleeve to add some width. That was time-consuming, but at least now they’re wearable.
I knit this from the bottom up in one piece, then had to divide it when I got to the armpits. The seaming actually wasn’t too bad– I generally avoid anything that needs seaming because I find it a bit tedious, but I could deal with this alright. I used Cascade Eco Wool, which I’m finding too scratchy to wear next to my skin, so I can’t wear this with just a t-shirt underneath (which is how I would actually get use out of it). I probably won’t get much wear out of this since I only have two long-sleeved t-shirts, and you can only wear a long sleeve tee AND a wool sweater on the coldest of days. So yeah. This project gets a “whatever” in my book… it’s not an abject failure, but it’s far from a win, which is sad. I was really excited about this project! If it wasn’t so irritating to re-knit something, I might make this again sometime in a larger size with modified sleeves in a softer yarn. If it wasn’t so irritating.
How do you guys deal with frustrations when you’re making things? Do you cut out a new size and start from scratch? Do you try to salvage the project? Or set it aside? Give it away? I’m interested to hear! Sadly, my Honey cardigan isn’t turning out well, either– it looks way too small! I can’t decide if I should block what I already have (it’s about halfway done) to see if it grows a ton, or if I should just go ahead and frog it and start over. 😦 I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! I always swatch, and up until now, everything I’ve made has fit perfectly (even for other people!). I noticed with the Honey cardigan that my gauge is tighter than it was in my swatch (and I do oversized swatches to make sure they’re pretty accurate!)… what’s going on with that? UGH!!