TH’s Gothic Aran proved trickier than anticipated – not disastrously so, not even challenging really, just fiddly around the collar. It worked in the round, which is good, but TH’s broad shoulders and slender frame mean that while the front and back are completed to the base of the neck, I need to knit up the shoulders another inch/inch-and-a-half to reach the same point, nibbling off stitches from the front and back as I go. Oh yes – I decided late on to go for EZ’s fake raglan method of reducing the yoke, which looks well, despite some very awkward fudging when the decreases started cutting into the moss-stitch panels. Now this shoulder problem is turning it into a combined EZ raglan/saddle sweater.
But this is what comes of taking a pattern for an aran, running it according to another intended for Fair Isle, then changing mind 3/4 of the way through and finishing via a third for a plain sweater, discovering that the final bit needs to be fudged via a fourth (also plain), all the while using an unidentifiable yarn and a needle size not recommended in any of the patterns – and therefore a totally different number of stitches. Hey ho – at least I did swatches this time. I do get TH to try it every so often on to check the fit (so far, perfect).
I do feel that I’m working in the true EZ spirit though, winging it and not being scared. And occasionally lying down in a darkened room to recover.
I have also made it through the ribbing and into the body of IBC’s Bob the Builder sweater, and have done the charts – modified one of Bob’s face to fit better on the sweater, and made another of the Bob logo, though I think some surface embroidery is going to be necessary to get the detail in on it. I’m also very taken with the idea of a knit or crotchet BtB ‘hard’ hat… Hmm. When am I going to get my stockings made, I ask you?