Believe it or not, I could not find one sweater project on Ravelry, having a 7 or 8 and 11 gauge, for fingering weight yarn, that appealed to me in the slightest. I'm fussy about knitting projects. It's difficult to keep them from looking "crafty" and my love of making things is only equal to my distaste when things look like I made them.
Think about it. How often, in this generation, do you see a hand-knit sweater that doesn't seem vaguely bulky (even if it's knit in thin yarn), observably novel and, dare I say it, boxy? For a culture of lovers of the form-fit, somehow it's challenging to make a sweater that hugs the body in a modern (or even classic) way. I like to think I have a good eye for what will work on me to look a) flattering and b) timeless.
So far, the McCardell Convertible sweater is still my best bet.
(To switch gears, very slightly, are you aware of this book? Written by Claire McCardell, and published in 1955, it was hugely successful, though now it is out of print. No mind, an Amazon vendor will sell it to you for $320.00, before shipping, and I'm sure you can find it occasionally on Ebay or at a garage sale. Note: The copy I found on Ebay still cost over 100 bucks.
I would LOVE to own a copy. Even just to borrow one. Hopefully they'll bring it back and then we can all enjoy it.)
Back to the sweater - I've continued on and now I have a whole new set of concerns. For starters, there's no technical drawing so I have no idea of what I'm knitting at the moment. I mean, I know it's the "Left Half of Sweater", but despite my math, it looks like it's meant for a 'tween.
What I've learned about knitting is that I frequently have no idea of what I'm looking at until I'm 2/3 of the way through. I'm inclined to continue because, if it's going to be way off in terms of sizing, I'll confirm it at some point, and then decide whether to rip it back - or to give it to M.
Keep in mind that I have pages of musings to show that a) the size 32" chest (objectively very small, I realize), should knit at 36", given that my gauge is 1 stitch off per inch. As I've never knit a sweater - till the recent City Cardigan, Take 2, that didn't seem too big (if only slightly) I now aim for 3" of negative ease with every project. As my bust measurement is 37 - 37.5", 3" of negative ease means I want to knit something that comes to 34.5" at the full bust. By my calculations, this thing should currently be bigger than I want it to be. Sure, my plan may fail, but these things can fail for so many reasons. From past experience, it's a risk I'm willing to run. And you know how I end up making everything twice, to perfect the fit on the second try. If only there were a schematic, to advise me about proposed dimensions at key places, I'd be on much more solid ground. Freakin' vintage designers?!?!?
Of course, the fact that this design has a surplice neckline, could work entirely against me. I sure as hell don't want gaping or excessive space between the V wrap.
I guess I'm in an interesting place. I truly don't know how this is going to shape up (literally), but no one else in the world, as far as I can tell, has written about making this sweater so I'm totally in uncharted territory.
Any advice? Commiseration?