Another member of the My-Sweater-Doesn’t-Fit-Club.....

I finally finished my first cardigan. Unfortunately, it’s an inch or so too small around the chest. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I totally altered the pattern. I found a pattern for a “Men’s Irish Cardigan” on the internet, but didn’t really like the cable pattern, so I decided to pull a left-twist section out of another sweater and just repeat it throughout the sweater instead. Hey, the gauge swatch came out the same, so I figured I was good to go. Well, I was half way through the back before I noticed that I was reading the pattern wrong. Instead of repeating Twist, Knit I was doing Twist, Twist, Knit. As BuduR once commented to someone, “once is a mistake, twice is a pattern”! It was still nice enough looking, so I continued on. All in all, I’m pretty happy with it. As long as I don’t button it up, I can wear it (that way no one can see how crappy the buttonholes came out). I had fun making it, and it was a great learning experience. I used acrylic yarn - Caron “Simply Soft” (it really is) and the color is Autumn Red.

Many thanks to everyone who offered their expert advice along the way (those sections came out really nicely!). On to the next project!


Kerry's picture

I thought I was only one who made sweaters that don't fit me. I have already given away three and there is a Fair Isle to be finished that also wont fit. My friends seem to like the arrangement!

KilgoreTrout's picture

How big was the swatch you made? I find that for sweaters its important to make a BIG swatch. And if its just an "inch or so" too small, you may try re-blocking the piece. An inch is usually possible, but I'm not sure what kind of yarn you're using... The finished piece looks beautiful though!

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Mnjack's picture

I love the stitch pattern. If it's a mistake you madew it is a good one. I have made a sweater for a person, twice because it didn't fit and the third time it didn't either, so I gave up on it. My gauge was right and now I think perhaps it is the pattern that is wrong. It could also be me, but I like blaming the pattern. Your sweater looks great and if you don't want to wear it, will always look good draped over a chair when people come Keep up the good work.

kylewilliam's picture

I think you did a great job - try blocking; if it's a natural fiber, you should be able to squeeze an inch out of it... or just wear it open like you said... or put it away and save it for someone else...

it's disappointing to do all that work and end up with a piece that isn't quite right - but it's all part of the learning process. I know one person who does their sleeves first and uses that as the swatch - knit the sleeve first on the size you want to use, get gauge (right away) or keep trying, and when you get the gauge, keep knitting and it becomes the sleeve.. of course, this only works when the sleeve is in pattern...




RickMartin's picture

I have totally given up making things that have to fit! I don't have good enough friends of sizes that my things seem to end up that I want to spend all that effort for. (Greedy huh??)

But I'm having a great time making MMario's lace shawls for wife, daughter, etc. A close-enough size on these things (and on afghans) is just fine!


steve kadel's picture

i lik e the look and feel your pain about mistake discovered late and not fitting.

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RareSteek's picture

I feel your pain. I too did a really nice cable vest and it just doesn't sit right on my shoulders. I got all kinds of kind advice about picking it out and redoing things etc. but I just dont have the heart. However, I did learn from it, as I am sure you will too. The sweater looks really nice and maybe you can save it with some more rigorous blocking.