Friday, January 16, 2009
A picture tells a thousand words
And all of them are lies.
I could post this picture and tell you the Ivel coat is coming along like a dream.
Look at it - sleeves and skirt and everything all joined up, raglan decreases looking good - and only the top part to go.
The truth is - it isn't really looking that great in the fit department.
In some parts of the beautifully presented pattern the detail is painstakingly outlined. But for the parts that I need help with, it is strangely silent. The designer did kindly offer on ravelry to help me with any problems I might have, and hinted at there being some errata in the works - but I really can't be bothered with the dialogue.
All the increases are placed in the centre of the pieces (ie: the sleeves, the fronts and the back). It is the coat's best feature - these faux darts are the very element that gives the coat a bespoke Victorian frock coat look. But it is this feature that also has also presented the greatest design challenges too, because the rate of increase in width compared to length is quite slow.
The truth is that the sleeves are extremely narrow (intended to be so, but presumably one would want to wear something under it, unless ou were intending to be a very well dressed flasher).
And the number of increases for the bust and back darts don't match the number clearly shown in the photographed piece. The pattern says do 3 sets of increases, the picture clearly shows at least 6.
I worked on it till two in the morning last night, I sewed up a sleeve and tried it on - but I'm going to bite the bullet now before I go any further. Here's what I'm going to do:
Unravel it back to the part where the sleeves join into the body.
Continue to knit the body with the full 6 sets of increases like the picture shows.
Re-knit the sleeves completely, with more increases so they will fit comfortably around my upper arms.
Join it all together again and continue the pattern as though nothing happened.
Estimated time to get back to the point I'm at now: about five nights knitting time - completely worth it I think.
I daren't put it down and work on anything else for fear I won't ever pick it up again.
(I could just ignore the shaping and knit a raglan cardigan like one person on ravelry appears to have done, but it wouldn't be very special then would it?)
Posted by Unknown at 9:55 AM