Bigger than expected

Photos by Agnieszka.

Earlier this year I got a message about a yarn sale where I found out this yarn, that I had been ogling for a few years, had a discount. I ran to my LYS and got what I needed and a few weeks later I sat down to knit this sweater that was the reason for the yarn crush. It looked like the perfect summer sweater, slightly oversize, comfortable and not super warm. I looked at the pattern, thought the writings for the sizes were a bit weird, it said “upper width” instead of chest size but I took that to mean that since the sweater was oversize it meant the widht around the shoulders was more important than the chest size, and cast on. I knit and knit and knit and worried about measurements since it had a lot of stretch and it was difficult to say when both front and back were the same size. Eventually the sweater was done. Sewing it together was pain but I managed in the end.


Just about the time I had finished the sewing, I cast on a tank top from the same designer. The tank top pattern also said “upper width”. Now, a tank top, being a tank top and all, doesn’t have sleeves, hence it was ridiculous to measure the width around the shoulders to find out the size I needed. Slowly the realization dawned on me, “upper width” simply meant chest size and that my sweater, fresh off the needles with every little seam painfully done, was 8 inches too big. That was a sad, sad day.


Since this sweater is suppsed to be oversize it’s still okay but the yarn is also very heavy and so every time I wear it, it gets bigger and bigger. I doubt I will ever frog it, it wasn’t that fun to knit after all, and I’ll probably wear it but not as much as I had hoped. This experience has taught me… well, to not trust patterns and that if something looks weird it probably is. I’m not sure what I could have done though, besides googling or asking someone, but it wasn’t easy for me to figure it out by myself. I don’t think “upper width” is the best way of describing what is really the chest size, since chest size is neither the upper most nor the widest part of the garment.  Yes, I’m still bummed and I’m going to stay bummed about this a little longer. We’ll see if I re-knit it one day, but not yet, the wound is still fresh.

Pattern: Mi from Yllotyll. Yarn: Colinette Giotto, discontinued, color Peaches and Cream.