I Admit FailurePosted: November 14, 2005
I procrastinated on seaming Kepler because I had a feeling that it would be rough. Unfortunately I was right. When the armholes are too large for the sleeves, and you have a knitter who doesn’t grasp how to sew set-in sleeves, you know it’s going to be very ugly. There are lots of issues with this sweater, and my guess is that they stem from the main problem of gauge. My gauge was off, and I didn’t do anything to adjust for it. Should have, but didn’t. If my gauge was correct, then perhaps: (1) the shoulders would be the correct width instead of being way too narrow, (2) the sleeves would be the correct width so I wouldn’t have to stretch them out so much, and (3) the sleeve size would have matched the armholes so that there wouldn’t be this awful bunching. And if I knew how to sew in a sleeve, then perhaps the seam line would be straight instead of crooked. Basically I made up my sleeve seaming method as I went along. I definitely need to take a sweater finishing class before I put together any more sweaters. Blocking helped, but blocking can only do so much. Oh, and did I mention that the body and the sleeves are all too long? Bottom line: I need to frog the entire sweater.
Some good things came out of this project, though! I learned how to do the mattress stitch, the three-needle bind off, and make an applied i-cord. As a side note, I referenced Theresa’s excellent tutorial on making applied-cords. I also tried the sloped bind-off at the armholes.
I’m tired of obsessing about Kepler (and you’re probably tired of reading about it!), so as awful as it is, I’ll leave you with a full photo.
Perhaps it’s time to knit another hat.