Wyeth at last! After months of meaning well, but not actually doing anything about it, today I got Whiskeyknitter Kylie to take pictures of me in my Wyeth after Allison and I interviewed her for the spring podcast. (You can expect that soon, by the way.)
What worked with Wyeth
I love Alicia Plummer’s patterns, and Wyeth really did knit up beautifully. The back view is everything I hoped it would be. If you listened to the winter podcast, though, you know I had major fitting trouble. I promised Allison I’d post pictures of me in it, and finally I have some!
Ultimately, I think I just chose the wrong yarn and knit the wrong size, and it was the combination that did me in. I shortened the length by cutting out one of the pattern repeats. And I ripped back and shortened the arms successfully to fit my 5’3” frame, but by the time I realized I’d gotten the size wrong in the shoulders, it was too far too late to fix it.
What didn’t work with Wyeth
As you can see, the shoulders are right on the cusp of falling off. I tried to reinforce them by whipstitching some beautiful ribbon I picked up in Minneapolis into the back raglan seam and the top of the shoulders. If I’d chosen a more lightweight yarn, I might have been able to make it work, but the weight of Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Studio Worsted is just too much for a top-down raglan cardigan that’s already too big. It’s a stunning yarn. It’s just the wrong yarn for this project.
I have no regrets about adding the whipstitching detail, though. I LOVE looking at the inside!
As things stand, I’ve only worn my Wyeth out of the house twice. That’s okay, though, because I wore it all winter long as my house sweater. It’s not what I intended, but it’s certainly not a failure.
I learned so much with this one. Now, on to the next knitting adventure!