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Old 03-24-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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ARGH! (Update page 4!)
My sweater doesn't fit!

Here's a brief history: I took a sweater class in which we made a cardigan. The class was led by a yarn rep and we had to use his yarns (Trendsetter). The yarn for this sweater cost over $150 as it was 2 yarns held double. I hated the cardigan pattern and it fit terribly. I ripped out the sweater and made Stefanie Japel's Cozy V Neck from Fitted Knits. I like the way the sweater looks and am very happy except one thing. It pulls up and then bulges around my waist. I tried to block it and pinned out the ribbing even with the body, but I unpinned it today and it's no better. Although it is a little longer!

I would like to (actually that's a lie, I wouldn't LIKE to but I have no other choice) rip back and reknit the bottom portion (it's top down) to fix the bulge. My worries are - will it work, will I have enough yarn, and will it ruin the yarn, which is already "distressed" from going through frogging once. If I do rip it, should I just go above where it bulges and then add some decreases and then knit the ribbing with a larger needle size? I initially did the body with 11s and the ribbing with 10s. So maybe 10.5?

I want to love this sweater!!! And I don't want to buy $50 more worth of yarn to redo the bottom, if the store even has any more.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:08 PM   #2
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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That yarn is gorgeous!

That style with the ribbing just naturally pulls up like that. Since your hips are larger than your waist it will tend to slide up a bit and therefore blouse out. It's the nature of ribbing really. You could do a different bottom, use a different size needle to make it looser, or a different ribbing that's not so stretchy.. ?
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:33 PM   #4
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I agree with Jan, that it's more the style, however, you can do a couple things - knit more of the body in stockinette and less in ribbing, or keep the same amount of stockinette and ribbing, but make some increases about halfway down the ribbing so it's a bit larger as it gets to your hips. Or you can leave as is and make it a couple inches shorter if you don't mind it being a little shorter.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:13 PM   #5
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Heh.
Maybe its just me...
being lazy
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but I'd just pin it,
turn it inside out
and seam up the sides
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:28 PM   #6
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Pin and seam... Would that work?

OMG, that would be so awesome. I'll have to check first to see if it just rides up more if I pin it.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:32 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by prettylittlelie View Post

but I'd just pin it,
turn it inside out
and seam up the sides
I think I'd re-knit. I don't like the idea of seaming my hand knits.
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:19 PM   #8
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PS: I migrated over to your Rav notebook and I saw a photo of the model sweater. It bunches up ever so slightly on her too.

I think that's your finger, yes?

I was looking for your Malabrigo yarn, the new blue stuff!
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:16 PM   #9
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The sweater I just finished was frogged 3X's - the neckline - 4 times so I could reknit. The yarn came thru fine but I did take good care not to overly stress it while I frogged.
On the other hand... I don't see the problem.
The sweater looks great..!
On the other hand - you don't like it - best to frog and do over what you don't like... it's only knitting after all...
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