In the interest of documenting something, however, please see obligatory photos on sub-optimal-dress-form-that's-too-wide:
|Honestly, my shoulders are a good 4 inches less wide than these - and my arms don't pop out in that bizarre way just below the shoulder. It's hard to tell how nicely this would fit a frame of the correct proportions, but please do try...|
|While the front panels look wrinkled, it's an illusion - I swear.|
Final thoughts on the garment:
- It grew in length more than I would have liked, and I sense, given the drape and heaviness of the front panels of fabric, it may continue to do so. Sure, I can steam it to shrink, as necessary, but I wish I'd taken another 2 inches of length out of the front panels via more stringent short-rowing (I mean, over and above the short-row shenanigans I did engage in, see Ravelry notes). It would have been easy to do (and would have saved me yarn and time). The reason I didn't go harder is because I'd already removed so much length from the garment (as per pattern directions) that I was scared to overdo it. Sometimes, it's best to listen to your intuition.
- I called the horizontal measurements and other proportions perfectly, however. Given that this sweater tends towards the large in all directions, I do feel happy about this outcome.
- The yarn, for it's length-wise growi-ness, is just gorgeous. I'm not sure if you can detect it's silk sheen, but it looks like a million bucks. I will definitely use this yarn again - though I hope it doesn't tend towards pilling (which only time will tell).
- The success of this garment, overall, will be in the wearing. Alas, this isn't going to happen until the fall (I suspect). Do I love it as much as I hoped I would? No. But I can't complain. It's a lovely, minimal, elegant, luxe cardigan and if I can manage to wear it often, I suspect I'll learn to appreciate it fully.
So that's one project down. Next up, more on the Nettie assembly line experience. Thoughts about the Aisance?