I little foresight on my part would’ve helped

How do you feel about progress pics? Love ’em, hate ’em? I must admit that I like to see other people’s progress, especially if between one blog entry and another, there’s a remarkable amount of it. This doesn’t apply as much to lace knitting, where everything is one jumbled mess, a mess which gets bigger and bigger every time, and only upon blocking there’s a huge “ah!” moment.

In any case, the front (or the back, since they’re identical) of the Filati tunic is done:

Finished that up in about 48 hours and now it’s blocked.

So far the KnitPicks Shine is behaving very predictably. There was a slight stretch upon blocking, about 1″ horizontally and 1″ vertically, which I fully expected from my washed swatch. Excellent ;). To add to predictability, the finished measurements of my sweater (even after blocking) are significantly smaller than my actual body measurements because I know the cotton is going to stretch.

The lace at the bottom is the only thing that’s bugging me right now. I should have thought about the construction of this sweater a little more carefully before casting on, and then I would have foreseen that the lace was going to get wider and longer with blocking, compared to an equivalent number of stitches knit in plain stockinette. Duh! And so, I should have cast on one fewer lace repeats.

The bottom edge of my tunic is 19 3/4″ wide, while I aimed for it to be 18″. But I’ve got a plan that doesn’t involve reknitting the whole thing. I want to reknit the lace and the decreases leading up to the waist, then graft that new piece of knitting to the remainder of the old front (or back). If the grafting doesn’t look perfect, I’ll make this piece the back. If the grafting looks awful, I’ll just continue knitting, redoing the whole piece. What do you think?

In other news, I acquired some truly cursed yarn via Diana.

How can something so cute be so cursed?!? More details later.


21 thoughts on “I little foresight on my part would’ve helped

  1. alice

    I did something similar for a t-shirt of my own design, which needs to be blocked still. I didn’t account for the stretch of the lace, and so had to frog, reknit, and graft. I have a series of posts on this in my LiveJournal http://www.livejournal.com/users/alice_q/tag/knitting, taking it up through the frogging, complete with pictures. In short, the hardest part of this is the frogging, followed by the grafting (mistakes show a lot more than when you’re doing an under arm seam or the toe of a sock). Just be really patient when you frog. It would help if you have enough yarn that you don’t need to salvage what you rip back, but it’s not crucial, if you can rewind the yarn. I did it that way and it worked out fine.

  2. Colleen

    The bands of lace up at the shoulders are very striking. I love that detail.

    I see what you mean about the lace on the waist. Not sure what to do about that.

  3. Karen B

    I was about to say that matching the stitch tension and grafting would be the toughest part if you decide to go that route, then a totally off the wall idea hit: put your life-line in to where you’d begin your live stitches and knit down.

    Crazy? Maybe. But it might work. Think of it as edging.

  4. Kim

    Personally I really like progress pictures.. I take them and put them on my blog so that I can look back and see where I’ve been. I also like seeing them and seeing a difference in the steps. What’s fun about seeing a knitted sweater that appears outa nowhere like magic? If you want that you can look at pattern books. The progress pics make the finished project more exiting.

    I also like the lace in the shoulders.. and I like what a defined waist it has too..

    That’s really too bad about the edge.. but atleast you had so much practice on your shrug with the ripping and the reknitting and all. lol.

  5. kris

    hehe, now i’m all excited about your upcoming grafting adventure! have fun!

    i like progress pics, but i’m not so good at showing them myself for some reason.

  6. diana

    I love the detail at the seams for the tunic. You’re right, you don’t see them at all in the picture. And I’ll be interested to see how the grafting works, but I’m optimistic that it will.

    As for that yarn, don’t be fooled by its cuteness. It’s evil.

  7. Judy

    I like progress pictures too! And I see what you mean about the lace edge. Sounds like you have a plan, though. Be sure to take lots of pictures for us…

  8. Laura

    I like seeing the progress pics and I love reading about your knitting progress. To me, that’s the interesting part of knitting–not showing off the pieces when they are done. When you do finally show a finishing object, I can remember everything you did to make the project and those memories make the project more interesting to see.

  9. Danielle

    Love the pattern you’ve chosen. I think the details along the upper seams are lovely. Will you wear a shirt under this? I’m just wondering about bra straps showing through the lace…

  10. Wanda

    Congratulations, it is a beautiful knit. I hope you don’t have to surgically correct this one. I do enjoy progress pics and I find your notes to be very useful as well. This summer and last, I knit a lot of things with cotton that seemed to stretch throughout the course of the day as very heavy. This information is showing me that by swatching and washing it to see how much it grows, I may want to make a smaller size to account for the stretching in the future. That is very helpful for me. Thank you!

  11. nona

    I, for one, love the progress pictures! I truely enjoy watching everyone else’s knitting projects grow — even by small increments. Besides I’m a visual kind of gal who loves pictures.

  12. Laurie

    My 2 cents. I love progress pictures. And I enjoy reading about other peoples problems.

    Not for the “misery loves company” aspect (tho that is fun), but because they point out things I should watch out for.

    Can’t wait to hear about the cursed yarn.

  13. Purly Whites

    I usually enjoy progress pictures, with the exception of gobs of bunched lace or just poorly taken photographs.

    I think the grafting sounds like a good plan!

  14. Stephanie

    I love progress pictures too. What’s the point of blogging about knitting projects if you don’t journal the progress? The grafting idea is a good one. Chicknits has some ideas on ripping back and reknitting going back down. I used it on something (I can’t remember what now) and it worked great! Love your blog and really enjoy your free cap sleeve shirt pattern. It’s in my “to do” list for next spring in Rowan denim.

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