Lessons Learned

top down pullover The top down pullover is officially finished.

I’ve got to admit that while I will wear the sweater, I don’t think it will end up being one of my favorites. It has however provided an opportunity to learn from mistakes that will help improve future projects. Here’s what I’ve learned.

  • Debbie Bliss Cashmerino creates a very soft fabric that tends to get fuzzy and pills easily. It is more suitable for baby clothing that will only be used for one season but not for a sweater that should last for several years.
  • Don’t assume that the sweater will fit like the picture in the pattern. The woman who modeled this sweater in the magazine must be a size 2 while the sweater that she’s wearing a size 10. The actual fit is much tighter than shown. From now on I’ll check measurements more carefully before starting a project.
  • The biggest advantage of knitting from the top down is the ability to try on the garment as it progresses and make adjustments if necessary. However, this is only an advantage if washing and blocking doesn’t need to be taken into account. Cashmerino relaxes when washed so I was never sure whether it was going to fit properly.

4 thoughts on “Lessons Learned

  1. Wow, what a beautiful finished sweater! It looks great on you. I always learn so much with each new project as well. I think new challenges are part of the fun

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  2. What I see is a beauty! The sweater and you in it. A perfect match and fit! Great work Melinda! Be pround!
    I love the picture of you knitting on the ferry. 🙂

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  3. It’s beautiful.A stunning colour,good fit and beautifully knitted.
    You’ll probably like it better after a short break.When you first finish something your head is full of what you would have done differently.You lose perspective and can’t see what you’ve achieved.
    It really is fab !

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  4. Oh, thanks so much for the compliments. You are all so kind. Yeah, Emma your right, by the end of the project I was so full of “what if’s” that I just need a break.

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