This afternoon I bound off a new jumper for myself. And then I fussed with it.
Sometimes the design process is fast and mostly done in the abstract, and sometimes it's slow and hands on. I bought this (delightful) yarn as a birthday present for myself and knit the body in July, but I couldn't decide what to do with the sleeves. Multiple cabled beginnings later I tucked it away. For months. And then I pulled it out and tried swatching one of my original ideas, with a simple change from reverse stockinette to garter stitch. Garter stitch is always the answer.
I knew I wanted to continue those sleeve panels over the shoulders and into the collar and that the front slit opening (which will have a zipper) would transition to ribbing to mimic the sleeve arrows and hem triangles. But I was a little indecisive about where exactly the yoke shaping should fall on raglan to saddle shoulder spectrum and how that 'seam line' should be defined.
Tried a few swatches of the latter but for the shaping I really just wanted to try it on. Knitting the whole thing also gave me the chance to see how the funnel neck worked in a single layer of 1x1 rib. The whole thing is ok. But I'm fussy.
I love the back shaping, so my plan is to alter only the front so there's a little more of an inward slope instead of a straight vertical section. I do plan to work another decrease row or two at the back neck to raise it up and pull the saddles inward a little more.
Back to the underarms we go. I think it will be worth it. Plus I've got a cold, I'm taking a few days off this week, and it's not cold enough to wear this anyway. Re-knitting the yoke sounds pretty good right now. Electric ballwinder means I don't get to dither too much.
Feeling so grateful for this space, where it was possible to take naturally lit photos mid afternoon. Please ignore the mess, we've still got a few boxes to unpack.
If you send us a message this week it might take a little longer than usual to get a response (I know how frustrating being stuck on a gift on xmas eve can be, but it's totally ok to wrap a wip with an iou!).
Writing this while keeping an eye on the news from Glasgow, our thoughts are with everyone affected.