I wasted a whole lot of time yesterday working on a retailor job... A very nice guy I know had knit a cardi out of a silk tweed yarn, but it was a little over gauge, and since the pattern was designed for wool... You can imagine the result: It was HUGE...
(Cliff notes...if you substitute silk for wool, knit just a little tighter than gauge to counteract drape, growing, and lack of elasticity).
But... This is why I should never follow the pattern when I know better: Set in straight cap sleeves (no shaping to the sleeve caps: Kind of like a drop shoulder)...Needless to say, there was all this extra fabric at the underarms...giving the MOST DESIRED LOOK OF MAN-BOOBIES. NEEDLESS TO SAY... I'm chalking it up to learning experience, and am taking it apart, reshaping the sleeve caps on the serger, and resewing it. I also didn't like the ribbing on the hem or the button band, so I've replaced that work with a garter band, which is much more handsome. I should ALWAYS listen to my inner designer when retailoring a garment.
Pictures to follow.