I should have ripped it back, a lesson learned

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Today, a gorgeous sunny Sunday here in Kent, I am wearing a cotton summer top I knitted last year.  I loved the cotton I knitted with (Paintbox DK from Loveknitting.com). When the back and front were finished I sewed it together and finished the armholes and neck.  The neck looked awful, lumpy and bumpy, not a good finish! It is often more difficult to get a neat finish with a cotton or cotton mix, based on past experience. I added some extra rows and attempted to make the neck edge roll back on itself to neaten it up.  I had an idea that if I added a lace trim it would enhance the neck and be a ‘feature’.  I should have ripped it back there and then but I didn’t.

So I tried the top on ….

I have no idea why I waited until the final furlong.  It fits badly.  It is too snug in places, but too wide across the shoulders and chest (think of me as a lumpy triangle, narrow on the top, getting wider across the bottom (!).  This is not a flattering photo, deliberately to show off a bad knit, ha ha! It’s the top’s first foray into the limelight. I am wearing it with some fabric shorts I sewed in February this year (love the shorts and they fit well). I have just been in my garden enjoying the sunshine. I could have gifted this top straight away to someone else or to a charity shop, however I decided to wear it and work out exactly what I shall change when I made Version 2.  Such an easy knit.  Such a dumb mistake.  I have plenty more yarn to make a different size or a striped one, minus the lace, with a different neck finish.  Wish me luck!

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5 thoughts on “I should have ripped it back, a lesson learned

    Judi Castille said:
    May 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    If at first you don’t succeed.. ..good luck. I can’t knit..holes appear.

    tinaor responded:
    May 6, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Sometimes those holes can be a ‘lacy’ effect or a design ‘feature’ … he he !

    tierneycreates said:
    May 6, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Just a learning/growth opportunity instead of a “dumb mistake” 🙂

    sewchet said:
    May 8, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Trouble is, it is SO much harder to make knitwear that fits as you can’t just ‘take it in’ at the end like you can in dressmaking! Good luck with the next one:)

      tinaor responded:
      May 10, 2018 at 7:15 am

      Thank you!

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