Monday Mishaps: Right in the Middle

Monday Mishaps! Another weekend has come and gone, I hope everyone had a good time and lots of knitting. I am going to go with an old project rather than something I have screw up recently. There hasn’t really been a catastrophe big enough to merit writing about.

Nordic Sweater

You will all recognize this picture of the brown Nordic sweater I did last year. I get so many complements on this sweater because of the beautiful colours on the yoke. What people don’t notice is the waist shaping.

This sweater is knit from the bottom up in one piece. The hem is a different colour than the body and there is some light blue detail around the bottom. I got so caught up in completing the details, and appreciating how beautiful the contrast between the light brown, blue and medium brown is I went right on to knitting the body.

If you’ve ever knit a sweater from the bottom up where the body is completely stockinet stitch, you’ll know that it’s kind of an autopilot thing. I remember I was watching Lord of the Rings and making good progress when I remembered I was going to do waist shaping.

I’d never done any waist shaping before and I wanted this sweater to be fitted. If I failed to do waist shaping, it would give me a potato sack look and that is currently not the style I am looking for.

I stopped knitting the body immediately and researched waist shaping. The few resources I found that gave specific instructions without having to purchase a pattern stated that, when knitting a sweater from the bottom up, you should start your decreases an inch from the hem. To me that seemed a little soon AND I was about two and a half inches up. Naturally, I started the waist shaping right there.

Bottom of Nordic Sweater

The waist shaping was supposed to be slight, but since the yarn was so thick I miscalculated how much of a curve two stitches would effect.

When all was said and done, the slight waist shaping turned into something that would have been decidedly more… contoured, except the waist shaping settles just above their target mark.

It isn’t really noticeable unless you’re looking for it, or a raise my arms above my head… or move at all. As a result I don’t really wear it as much as I would like, but it was an excellent learning experience. I know much more about waist shaping and I was able to build off that and get my Julissa to fit perfectly!