Friday, February 17, 2012

Mavis Revisited

IMG_1172This is Mavis.  I knit it back in 2006 and wore it to Stitches West and a few times afterwards.  The problem?  It was too big.  Set-in sleeves shouldn't fall off your shoulder.  My gauge was so off, even when I went down a needle and cast on for a smaller size. I tried to stabilize the neck (which I picked up off live stitches in the back instead of seaming) by single crocheting across the neck and shoulders. It didn't work.
IMG_3775 Finally I decided to frog down to the lace and reknit using a drop shoulder to emphasized the slounchy fit.  I was inspired by sweaters I saw at Urban Outfitters.  So I took it apart and ripped down the sleeves and bodies.  I nixed the collar altogether and went for a rounded neck.

IMG_3819Here it is with the front and back sewn together and the neck redone.  I'm not quite done yet, but I do have the sleeves sewn in (although that's not what you see here).  All that's left are the side seams.  I'm hoping this time it'll work out better, as I plan on wearing it next week at Stitches West.  Wish me luck.
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6 comments:

Melissa said...

I do wish you luck. What a job...hope all works out as planned. I like your version better!

Kathryn Ray said...

Wow, that's a whole lotta work. I hope it turns out perfectly. :-)

WonderWhyGal said...

Now that is a major undertaking. You've done a lot so far and I can't wait to see the finished sweater. I like how you've re-worked it.

Vivian said...

That's a lot of ripping and rework! Hope to see you and Mavis at Stitches, I'll be in the market every day.

Jess Schleicher said...

That's a ton of work. Way to go for doing it. Good luck for getting it to be the way you want it to be.

Andria said...

Good for you working to make it just right. That's a lot of work, but I'm sure you will have something you love when you are done.