I may have to throw in the towel on fitted clothing items
completed the sigma tank from knitty, HATED it, didn't fit properly and was very tight around the armholes - tried to fix it, ended up frogging it (long story short :rollseyes: )
So I took that yarn and started on the Shapely Tank Top
and followed the pattern precisely. I was really happy with how each piece came out (ie. the front and the back) but when I finished off the edges with the garter stitch border and seamed it together, it is NOT what I had in mind. :?
For one thing, I made the smallest size listed, checked my gauge a few times and adjusted needle size accordingly, and it's STILL too big (currently it's in the dryer for a short spell to see if that will shrink it up a bit). Also, the garter stitch edges around the neckhole is great, but around the armholes is baaaaaaaaad. I think I picked up too many stitches and the edging is baggy rather than right close to the skin as its supposed to be. I think if I had picked up less stitches, it would have pulled it tighter around the arms.
I am NOT frogging this one, I think it can be helped I just need a few suggestions. How can I tighten up the armhole edge (if the dryer doesn't do the trick)?? Is there some kind of elastic-type thread I could use to gather it a bit? Or could I weave a piece of regular yarn through to gather it (although it wouldn't have much stretch to it if I did that, I think something elastic would be better).
This has been so frustrating and I HOPE there is some solution out there for me.