I knit and blocked an 8″ x 8″ gauge swatch. Since my swatch came out smaller I opted to follow the directions for a 38″ bust instead of the 35″ I’d initially planned.
This is how it came out:
Though I’d gotten row gauge, the weight and drape of the yarn — combined with the positive ease — gave this a slouchier fit than I’d intended. After seeing these pictures I half-thought to rip out a few pattern repeats and finish from there.
When I was taking off the sweater, though, I saw…THIS:
I’d dropped one of the stitches while I was binding off for the shoulders, which would require me to take out the stitches and redo the top. As long as I have to do that, I might as well make this the sweater I want to make.
One of the great things about knitting is that crafters can create the garments that best fit them instead of making do. I’m looking forward to working with this and making something a little more suited to me.