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Finished Heartbeat Sweater

This info is written up more tidily on http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/heartbeat-sweater

Pattern: Heartbeat Sweater by Jill Vosburg
Craft: Knitting
Made for: me
Size: 44" bust with side panel modifications
Needle: US 5 (back panel), US 3 (front panel), US 2 (side panels, sleeves, neckline)
Yarn: mercerized cotton
Colorway: purple and pink varigated (front/back panels), purple (side panels, sleeves, neckline)
I got the yarn in a swap. (Waves to punkmom)

The pattern goes up to a 64" bust, but as written it isn't all that well designed to accommodate larger sizes - the shoulders and neckline end up too wide. Also the side panel width doesn't change (but I think that it should—a person who is bigger around also tends to have wider sides).

We did it as a KAL on the ample-knitters yahoo group. Different folks modified the pattern in different ways to address these issues.

My bust is larger than the 44" size I knit; I made up the difference by increasing the width of the side panels. Also I modified the triangles at the bottom of the back sweater panel to accommodate wider hips. (I won't do that again if I make another Heartbeat Sweater, because it makes the bottom of the sweater into an upside-down vee shape, which isn't entirely flattering. But it looks OK for this one).

I used #5 needles and continental knitting for the first front/back panel, but the fabric was too loose. I switched to #3 needles and combination knitting for the second front/back panel. When I was ready to start the sleeves, side panels, and neckline I discovered the purple yarn was much thinner than the multicolored yarn, so I knit with two strands held together on #2 needles.

The sweater is loose on me - my gauge-fu for garments larger than socks or hats is weak (and it doesn't help when I change techniques and needle sizes mid-project). It has some drape so it looks OK at this size, but I may take in the side panels at some point.

Better pictures to come. I've mislaid my camera so I took this on my crappy cellphone camera. It's a detail of the front panel and neckline.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 24th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
Pretty colours. Gauge can be such a pain, even the Yarn Harlot complains regularly about it.
Nov. 24th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, as long as I keep in mind that I'm likely to need to do "fit adjustments" in any large garment knitting project, and/or that I will do best with garments that can be tried on as I go, I don't get too frustrated about it.
Nov. 24th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
How pretty!
Nov. 24th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Nov. 24th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
I covet it.
Nov. 24th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's pretty easy to knit, and knitting lessons are available right here :)
Nov. 24th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
I love the colors! I hate it when people just size up everything to make larger sizes. I've measured out that necklines will fall off my shoulders. Fortunately, I can work from scratch or alter patterns. My grandmother taught me how to do that when I was eight and it has come in handy many times.
Nov. 25th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
I need to learn that...
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