Saturday, September 10, 2005

Some Modifications

Because my gauge is completely different, I've had to make a number of modifications to the union square market pattern. First, I used an alternative hem as discussed in my prior post. Second, for the initial decreases, I did 5 sets rather than 6, for a total of 30 rows rather than 36. In the middle section, I only did 7 rows rather than the suggested 16. On the increase rounds, I only did 5 repeats, not 6 (again for a total of 30 rather than 36). This brought me to right around the suggested 11.5 inches, and all seemed to be going fairly well.

Unfortunately, the next bit didn't make too much sense to me. I made it through the first three front increase rounds (with a slight mistake that didn't merit frogging). Then the pattern stated "Note: front flap shaping continues at the same time as other shaping; read the next section all the way through before proceeding." What is this other shaping? I'm planning to just sort of ignore that part, and I'm seriously considering a bit of a neckline modification anyway. Here is what my sweater looks like so far...



I must say that I absolutely love the finished sweaters created by the rest of the members of the knitalong, and I am reluctant to futz with such a lovely pattern. But, I sort of cant resist - I'm thinking about a very narrow V-neck, sort of a long slit. Hard to explain so I created a very primitive drawing. Please don't laugh...



If anyone has any thoughts on whether this will look good and how to make it work, I would love to hear them. I am worried that the upper corners of the V will flop over because the alpaca is so soft. I guess I could put it a top button for more of a keyhole neckline, but I would prefer it to be buttonless. I also thought about a using a frog closure, like this…


but I’m not sure if it would be too cumbersome.

3 comments:

DigitalCamera said...
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Mintyfresh said...

I love your modification! I, too, am thinking of modifying--I was considering a totally flat front (sort of like making two backs, but dipping the neckline down a bit to accomodate, you know, breathing). Because while I love the sweater as is, I just don't think the flap and button is very "me".

I look forward to reading more about your progress--my yarn is on the way, and I believe I won't be hitting gauge either.

Stephanie said...

Hey Beth - thanks for wishing me good luck on my Ironman yesterday! It was a truly awesome experience. I blogged about it, so you can read the details. You're doing the New York Marathon in November, right? Hope your training is going well!