It is a beautiful weekend and I plan to enjoy it and not think too much about all of the stalled knitting projects needing a fix. But, I will do a quick post to show why I’m stalled. I have hit a few problems with my Sunbird Top. I decided to knit this with Carol Feller’s new yarn, Nua, which is a blend of wool, yak and linen. Although I hit the gauge pretty much smack on, I am not convinced that it is the right yarn for this pattern. I thought that the linen content would make it a breezy, spring-like fabric, but in fact it knits up warmer than I had anticipated. It is a lovely yarn, but maybe not the best for this project. (Although, I will withhold judgement until it’s done.)
There are some additional problems, however. First, as you can see above, there is some significant curling on the bottom edge. This is really not making me happy or confident. Although blocking should help to fix it, some other aspects of the construction may exacerbate the problem. The pattern has a bit of lace on the side:
The funny little shape at the end of the lace will not stay that way; the edges are sewn back against the lace to form a neat curved edging that is supposed to look like this:
I think it will take some significant blocking effort to get mine to look like this, and I worry that sewing up the edges to produce this curve will make the curling even worse by pulling the cast-off edge tighter. And, as I think you can see in the photos, the yarn that I am using isn’t drapey enough for this pattern, at least not while knit at this gauge.
The second issue has to do with size. I started knitting it in a size 46 to give plenty of ease, and then after putting the front and back together to knit the body in the round (this is knit top-down) I decided it had too much ease, and cut back the number of stitches cast on under the arms. Thus, it is really knit in two sizes – one above the chest and a different one below, and I am not convinced this was the right move. The back and shoulders seem to fit reasonably well:
However, I don’t feel as if I have the ease and drape it needs over the body of the garment. (By the way, for those who notice such things: this is me. I have had a rather major hair cut!)
Third, I am having “tear-out-my-hair” issues with the sleeves. The pattern calls for stitches to be picked up all the way around the sleeve cap, and then to use short rows to knit down. This is done using DPNs. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am hating this and how awkward it feels to me. Not only that, but now that I am most of the way done with one sleeve cap, I can see that I have too many stitches and the cap is puckered!
It took me three evenings of lackluster knitting to knit this portion of this sleeve! I hate doing it and it looks crappy. So, my next move will be to rip this out, and then to knit the sleeves flat and sew them in. I know that I could do both sleeves, and the setting in, in no time that way, so why should I struggle with knitting it this way?
As you can see, I am unhappy with this. I am hoping that if I knit the sleeves flat, and then give this a good soak and a block, all of these issues will disappear, but in the meantime, I have lost all of my mojo for this project. And there is a little voice in the back of my head saying “Go ahead and rip the whole thing and re-purpose the yarn into a pattern which will suit it better!” What do you think? Rip or persevere?
In the interest of full disclosure, here is a shot of my new hair:
I was prepared to write about another project – one which I switched to in order to cheer me up, only to have it kill my mojo even further – but I think instead I will go enjoy the sunshine! I hope that your adventures this weekend are lovely ones!