Saturday, August 16, 2008

Hybrid Vigor

Something odd happened to my knitter's brain the last few months: not only did I stop knitting altogether, but I did so just after finishing what is easily the most demanding project I have ever attempted, and couldn't even be bothered to take some pictures and write a post.

Then I quit my job, and that very afternoon I found myself sitting at my kitchen table and I felt... restless, somehow... itchy-fingered... it took me a few minutes to recognize it, but let's just say I've cast on at least 4 things since then. So I've got all sorts of things to show and tell, but I can't let THIS go any longer.

The Lady models The Hybrid.

I sort of can't believe it really worked out. I started imagining this mutt of a sweater almost a year ago. I had loved Eunny's Venezia Pullover from the first moment I got a peek at it but was a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of the thing. And I loved Road to Golden but didn't feel the geometric pattern would be terribly flattering on me. So the seeds of a hybrid started germinating...


Honestly, combining these two patterns was entirely straightforward. I essentially followed the pattern for Golden, adjusting the numbers for a sportweight yarn based on my swatches, and substituting the brocade pattern from Venezia for the diamondy, argyley thing that Golden's got going on. I of course had to adjust the colorwork pattern horizontally to make sure it was centered, given my total stitch count, but that was the heaviest math involved.



I did more bust increases than called for and left out the gussets, which in retrospect may have been a poor choice, fit-wise, but I do think it makes the patterns come together more cleanly.

The colorwork sleevecaps are basically made up on the fly. I wanted something a little rounder and smoother looking than the simple stripes from the Golden sleeves, so I improvised these. I'm fairly pleased.



All in all, this is both my proudest knitting achievement, and my greatest disappointment.

The disappointment is due solely to the fact that the damn thing doesn't fit. I gained 10 lbs this spring, and this sweater would have been annoyingly snug even on the slightly svelter body that I started knitting it for. It just didn't grow as much as my swatch did when I blocked it. Luckily I have a girlfriend slightly smaller than myself who doesn't resent the fact that this cute little garment didn't start life with her in mind. (AND will model for pictures on the hottest day of the year. Such a trooper.)

I'll probably get more satisfaction out of seeing it on her than I would out of wearing it myself, anyway.

All the basic stats are on Ravelry, but it's been so long that I'm sure I'm leaving out some relevant details, so feel free to ask questions! And thanks again for sticking around through my highly spotty blog attendance. :)

81 comments:

Kath said...

Ohmigod that is just gorgeous! And yes, I like what you did with the sleeve caps also, it seems more feminine to me. Great job and I can certainly understand why she doesn't mind if the sweater wasn't originally meant for her! (When my mother first started knitting socks - I got a couple pairs because she was still learning how to size them correctly. She doesn't make that mistake anymore unfortunately!)

nicole said...

It looks fantastic! A perfect mesh of two patterns. I also comment you for not going on some crazy cabbage-soup or lemon-cayenne-maple liquid diet just so you could get into it. Your generous spirit and talent are inspiring.

Kara said...

A hybrid?! You are a genius. That looks amazing. I am only sad that it does not fit you. You friend is one lucky lady. It looks so cute on her.

tiennie said...

This is so amazing! Love how you put it all together!

Neuroknitter said...

I'm glad to hear the needles are in your hands once again!

The sweater is gorgeous!! It's just breathtaking!!

Christy said...

What a lucky girlfriend. (Somehow the few pair of ripped up shorts I've gotten from P-funk when they no longer fit aren't quite the same.)
Looks great

whitknits said...

Wow, what a great hybrid of patterns! It looks really fantastic. It's too bad it doesn't fit you, but it looks really great on its recipient (what a lucky lady she is!).

grumperina said...

Too bad you won't get to wear it... because it looks really great! Great way to combine the two sweaters!

Stacey said...

beautiful. very ingenious to combine those two sweaters - it came out great!

satsumabug said...

It's beautiful! And it looks fabulous on Katie. :) Lucky her!

mel said...

I saw your lovely sweater on Flickr and had to come by - WOW! What a beautiful and creative combination, I love it! Too bad about the fit - and I must say I'm so impressed that your want to have this beautiful object worn and appreciated won out over the want to keep it (I'm not sure i could be so generous if I had concocted such an awesome sweater myself!)

a friend to knit with said...

oh stella!! this is absolutely beautiful!!!
and i love that you will get more satisfaction seeing it being worn than wearing it yourself. a great turn out!!!

schrodinger said...

It looks fantastic! What a great merging of patterns, and the cap sleeves look great. I'm sure your friend will love wearing it (when it's a little cooler) and you are right, you will love seeing her in it.

sula said...

Beautiful job. Your sweater is just amazing and I might have to copy that little circular bit. You have a great eye! I've got you beat, though--not only did I gain 10 lbs this summer too, but my sweater is still sitting without sleeves. Yikes!

PS Are you in school yet?

Kristy said...

Beautiful work! So sorry it doesn't fit you! You did a great job merging the patterns to make something all your own.

Courtney said...

So gorgeous! Glad to see it up on the blog! Also glad it has cooled off enough to wear wool:)

Grace said...

It is beautiful and fits your friend so perfectly! I'm blown away by your skills and am glad to see you back knitting!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Major accomplishment! And now you get to admire it on your beloved, that's almost better than wearing it yourself:)

femiknitter said...

This looks SO wonderful! I'm glad that it worked out, even if the fit was not what you had hoped for. I love the colors you used, and I'm sure that it will see much wear. :)

melissa said...

wow, that is super cute.

Alice said...

Love this, especially what you did with the sleeves!

jennie said...

Welcome back to blogging :) This turned out to be such a beautiful sweater... it's inspiring me to finally finish up all these damn socks so I can start some sweater knitting (once the weather cools, of course).

Alyssa said...

That sweater is gorgeous! You should feel really proud. I dont think i'd take it off, I'd just walk around telling people "look I made this!"

Great job!

Mintyfresh said...

I am so sad that you can't enjoy this yourself, but she's going to just love it. you did an amazing, amazing job. congrats!

nova said...

Speaking of spotty blog attendance... the sweater looks great! I started a Venezia months ago and put t down after 3 rows of color work. The charts were driving me insane... So yay you!

Our Red House said...

It's absolutely gorgeous and it looks so difficult. I am impressed -- but then I've never knitted anything more difficult than a scarf or dishcloth, LOL.

Kate

Shannon said...

Absolutely amazing! I am inspired.

pamela wynne said...

so clever! and lucky girlfriend! maybe she can just have it on, like, museum loan, in case it fits you again one day.

lisette said...

Wauw! Amazing!!!! Beautiful!

Emily said...

Your sweater is beutiful! I am wondering what the green yarn type is?

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The patters of this jacket are beautiful it has a very detailed designs, I like it very much.

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The patters of this jacket are beautiful it has a very detailed designs, I like it very much.

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This is a gorgeous knitted jacket, I love the designs and the color is beautiful.

Gatto999 said...

Ciao from Italy
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