Thursday, November 08, 2007

(Inspired by) Ms. Marigold

Thank goodness My Man came home to take a picture of me - the self-portraits were AWFUL.

I happily cast on for Ms. Marigold from Zephyr style. I ordered the pattern during the summer, but was newly-inspired by Fancy Pants' version.
I thought I could wear it layered with a long sleeve shirt now that fall has reached Italy. I cast on and took off, using Berroco Touche.

I knit down to the waist area and tried it on.

Ahhhhhhh!!!!!! The back was too narrow (I know I have to wear something underneath it, but it wasn't even close to covering my bra straps.)

Rather than being the cute vest in my mind, it was like a knitted bustier. I am not that well-endowed, but yet the sides veered toward my arms and off my chest, and it was not pretty.

I decided to try again. This is the first time I altered a pattern so much. I changed the number cast on, changed the increases, added decreases, changed the neckline finishing, altered the ruffle and all the bands. So, what did I get? Something I really like! I am shocked, to say the least, and happy.

I wish I could figure out where I went wrong on the original. I was on gauge. Maybe I just needed a bigger size, but I started with a size that seemed plenty big. Someday I will try again with the original pattern and see what happens.

I am not against ripping. What's the point of making something that I know I won't like or wear? I really do see knitted items as more acceptable ways to store yarn! I know, I have issues.


lynda said...

LOL!! "knitted items as more acceptable ways to store yarn!" I've never heard that before, but it's PERFECT!

Your "inspired" knit is very cute!

nanny said...

Ditto....and I love the curtains!

amanda said...

Good for you for taking control of your knitting! It looks great as a sweater vest over the long sleeved top. Nice work!

Shauna said...

Cuuute Sweater! I haven't been to knitty for a while. (that's my name for your blog!)