Lucky lucky lucky LUCKY friend!!
I always wonder about the butterfly effect of these things. Friend loves it. Friend is warm. The sweater moves into a new space where it is seen, and perhaps inspires. Inspires!
I hope no one minds my chiming in with a smile and thumbs up at this 199 day old thread. There’s a big warning to the right of the box here asking me if I’m sure I want to do this?
I am. I’m sure I want to give a wave and shout out to that beautiful sweater, and the lovely person who knitted it. How’s things been going?
Things are good! I have since knit two perfectly fitting sweaters! Lesson learned
I took a workshop with Josh Bennett, a knitter/designer who does knitwear for high end stores. The topic was making your knitting more professional. One thing he emphasized was making a LARGE swatch, like half a sleeve’s worth, then block it. You can’t really know how the yarn will drape/feel/behave with a 4” swatch. Hope this is useful information going forward!
I’m in the middle of that with my Eclipse by Shibui. I knit a swatch, soaked and blocked it, got gauge and started knitting with 5.0 mm needles. Once I got about 6" knit I had a feeling things were looking expansive, took it off the needles and soaked and blocked my piece and it was way too big, the gauge was way off. I went to a size 4.0 mm repeated the process, finished size would have been too small. I started once again yesterday on 4.5 mm, pretty confident these are the needles that will give me the garment I want. It really is a process.