Knitting the Pipipink sweater

in needleworkmonday •  3 months ago

I still do not understand my crafty soul. I seem to work in strange spacings. For weeks and month, I started one new project after the other but never finish them. And suddenly there is this one project which I work from start to finish. This one project is like a starting signal to unbury old projects and finish them.

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Last summer I presented you many half-finished problematic sweaters and cardigans in my post of shame. And I am proud to tell you, some of them are now finished and in use. I already showed you photos of my mother’s lace shirt and I completed the too big and the too small Miette cardigan. But I never told you the story of my Pipipink Sweater.

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This sweater is a simple top-down raglan construction. I thought the yarn so beautiful, that I did not want a complicated design. Just stripes and fast forward sweater. Simple. Just a sweater. And then I started to browse on ravelry and found so beautiful vintage inspired sweaters with puff sleeves. Like Anette Mielche’s free pattern Miss Bennet Puffed-Sleeved sweater or Susanne Crawford’s Trimmed with roses jumper. You know where this lead. I half hearted changed my ‘simple’ sweater into a puff sleeve sweater. As it is a top-down construction, I thought, I will make simply wider sleeves and then start the ribbing high up. I did not occur me to read how puff sleeves are made.

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So, after finishing the body, which fits surprisingly well, I dedicated myself to the puff sleeves…. which had no puff at all, they simply were too wide sleeves: AHHHHH And I must admit the tight ribbing on my upper arm was less than flattering. So on to the frogging. Clever as I am (or perhaps I am only used to making stupid mistakes) I had inserted a lifeline, so I could unravel securely. But as I am not clever enough, I had inserted it not high enough. As you can see on the photo, I used a technique to unravel where you insert your needle into one leg of every stitch and only then do you pull the yarn out.

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After this failure the sweater slept for month in a box. But finally, I got this rush and with some other things finished it. It still has too wide sleeves at the upper arm and armpit and the front part of the neckline is too high up, but its ok to wear. Actually, I wear it a lot. Perhaps the beautiful shades of pink compensate the fit issues.

Now I want to knit another sweater and:
a) cannot find the notes for the pink one
b) want to knit it flat for the learning experience
c) want to have a wider and more cropped look.
So back to ravlery…….

PS: The skirt I am wearing I have made some days ago out of a failed older sewing project :-D
Photos are by the talented Silvia Szlapka and @giavellottista


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Ohhhh man, I so understand the start-and-don't-finish benders and then FINISH ALL THE THINGS! That is my crafty soul, too. This is why I haven't been making NWM posts for a while, lol.
I love the sweater, though - it sure LOOKS great!

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Yeah - but strange that we behave this way :-DDD Perhaps someone should study our 'wildlife' behavior, could be a worthwhile research work :-DDD
But do not feel pressured to present finished items on NWM. It also nice to just ponder different ways to go on or follow your progress.
And thank you so much for the complement! <3

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Ahhahahaha! I'm picturing some proper British guy narrating now:
"And here we see the wild Phoenix, are they ...are they looking through their yarn stash? How will their nest ever be complete if they keep starting a new one??"

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Love it , just perfect, we need to make this into a film :-DDDD

Wow! Pink sweater is Knitiful! I regeret I did not focus on learning to knit, I tried it once, An Australian friend taught me 22yrs ago oh oh to long...

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Thank you so much. And with the knitting - you are so great in crochet, no need to learn knitting. But if you still want, then go for it :-) I also only recently learned it.

That sweater looks so comfy and love the layer look. And so glad you complete it!! That reminds me of my crochet top still .... sleeping😂 I wait till the vive or rave or whatever that comes too.

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Thank you <3 <3 And I too have some more sleeping projects :-D Mostly sweaters were the second sleeve is missing... I have a second sleeve problem :-D

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Really? I hope you find your missing sleeve!

I tried knitting sweater once or twice.... Front piece and back piece, left sleeve and right sleeve, they never come in same size as the other piece.....:p
So I admire people who could finish them!!!

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oh the sewing... I also dont like to knit a sweater flat and sew it. I mostly knit/ crochet top-down, so you automatically have the same size for front and back and both sleeves. But I often loose interest after the first sleeve :-DDD That is also the reason I seldom knit socks... :-D

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I seeee.... We all have a bit of stong and weakness then. Maybe I try sleeveless sweater, a vest or something.... Yah... Could be good. Thanks to you I can see my next target!

I really like the colour of the yarn, @neumannsalva !
I've never attempted puff sleeves in a knitted garment. I guess I would use thinner (4ply yarn), but as I'm so plain I would never have the occasion to wear it :D
I think it's really good that you were able to finish it so successfully as well !
I like that matching umbrella too :D

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I love the yarn too.
And with the puff sleeves... I mostly find these things nice in my head, but would probably also wear them seldom.
The umbrella was absolutely by chance. We made the photos during our short after lunch walk and the rain suprised us. The umbrella was in Silvias rucksack and we also found it so fitting that we made more photos. Strangely you cannot see it on the photo, but it was pouring down :-D

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That was really a fortunate find with the umbrella, @neumannsalva ! Here the wind and flying leaves (and debris) would have made the photo shoot quite 'moving' :D

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Wow! Your Pink sweater is Knitiful! I regeret I did not focus on learning to knit, I tried it once, An Australian friend taught me 22yrs ago oh oh to long...

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wow !!!!! Congratulations!!!!! I understand that you see the mistakes you made while working, but we do not see them :) and we see a wonderful sweater that suits you very much! The colors of the yarn are really beautiful and refreshing and harmonize perfectly with your umbrella :) a little wide sleeves are very comfortable when wearing: they do not hinder movement. The skirt is very comfortable in appearance!

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Thank you so much for the compliments <3
That the umbrella harmonised in color was fun. It belongs to my friend Silvia, and we needed it badly, as the weather was very rainy :-D

Oo I so love your pipipink sweater!! I am a fan of pink, purple shades and raglans!! You have both in one!! 😍😍😍 you are so skillful to be able to create beautiful sweaters like this. And I do not see failure at all in the sweater nor the skirt. They both look great on you! 💓💓💓

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Uhhh I am blushing! Thank you for this lovely compliment. But the sweater is really a bit wide beneath the armpits, but thankfully it is not visible (only for me) And the skirt is now ok, but it was a very early sewing project of me and I had made some big mistakes with the waistband. Last weekend I got over my laziness and unstitched it to sew a new waistband on. Now it is wearable :-D

I love the colors! I know how hard it is to pick up a project that has been sitting! This was worth the wait. I think it came out beautiful.

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Thank you 🌸🌸🌸 I am still in a kind of girly stage and love pink 😅
Sadly I have still some many waiting projects :-D