So here I was, knitting merrily away on the Alpha sweater, but thinking perhaps (just maybe) the bottom was looking a little bit on the generous side, width-wise. Now, given that this pattern is of my own design, it would not be surprising for it to be a little off. But I waited until a few inches in to measure the bottom edge, thinking maybe I couldn’t really judge it visually all squished onto the circular needle.
Dudes; it was a little big. Like, 10″ too big around the hips. So, a-frogging we go!
Yeah, I know. Major malfunction. And since my tension was right in line with the swatch, that means I messed up the calculations. Seriously. So embarrassing. To be so far off on either the math or the actual design of the pattern? Not cool. Not cool at all. So it’s back to the sketchbook.
Mind you, this does give me the opportunity to revisit a couple of design decisions that, in retrospect, were not well thought through. For instance, I was running a purl stitch in the contrast yarn up the sides as a sort of false seam and though it did look nifty, man, what a nuisance. So that’s out. And then there’s the 30% too big element…
So next on the needles? Some socks, in this Atacama hand dyed alpaca.
It’s kind of hard to see when it’s balled up, but the colours make it look kind of like it’s been singed. And alpaca socks… I’m thinking toastiness.
There’s a WIP: A very simple shawl in (wait for it) Misti Baby Alpaca lace weight.
And for your viewing pleasure, the Misti Baby Alpaca Handpaint Chunky:
One thing though; while I do dearly love the baby alpaca for its incredible softness and warmth, I wish I would stop seeing mental images of naked little baby alpacas shivering in the Peruvian highlands…