This pretty red sweater has been in time out since spring because I'm nearly out of yarn and worried about fit. I finally blocked it last weekend to get a better read on how it fits, and I was right to be worried. With the addition of a button band, the cardigan will close at the bust without pulling but not at the waist and hips.
The fabric has almost no body after blocking. It's superwash yarn knit to the ballband gauge, but the resulting fabric seems a little bit sleazy to me. I worry that the sweater won't keep its shape well. The swatch seemed fine, but the added weight of the entire sweater changes things.
Given the constraints of the remaining yarn, I have a few choices.
- Put the whole mess back into storage and revist the problem if I ever loose 10 pounds.
- If I knit the button bands, I might have enough yarn left over for elbow length sleeves. And I'll have a sweater that only kind of fits.
- I probably have enough yarn for long sleeves if I skip the bands. I'm not sure how I feel about wearing an open front cardigan.
- Given the looseness of the fabric, I'm half inclined to rip out the whole sweater and figure out something else I can do with less than 1000 yards of worsted weight superwash yarn.
The first option goes against my resolution to resolve my collection of half-knit sweaters. The next two will result in a sweater I'm not sure I would wear. I am not a fan of top buttons closed only cardigans on me, and I prefer longer sleeves over shorter ones.
I have to admit that I'm leaning toward starting over. Claudia's post today about the slowest way added that option to my list. I would rather re-knit and have a sweater I love than struggle to finish one I don't wear.
What would you do?