Frogged - Midsummer Aran / WIP Simply Marilyn

Remember this sweater?

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Another lesson in why you should always make a swatch. I was too impatient to get it on my needles, and in love with the color of the yarn, so I just started it, knowing in a little part of my brain that it was a mistake. Well, I got about halfway through and realized that the sweater was basically going to be wide enough for a giant!

Once I finally admitted to myself that this yarn was just not going to work with this pattern, frogging commenced. Non-knitters (like my husband) are always incredibly traumatized to watch you rip out what seems to them like so much work, but most knitters I know just kind of shrug and accept it as part of the process. I knit to knit, and an inevitable part of that is frogging. When it was all ripped out, I decided that I still loved the color but needed a more appropriate pattern. I picked out an oldie but goodie: Simply Marilyn by Debbie Bliss. She's one of my favorite designers (which is probably fairly obvious by now), and I know that when I make one of her patterns, I'm going to be happy with it. I'm nearly done with the back, and I'm loving it so far (and since I actually made a swatch, it appears that it will fit this time!).

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I'm holding the yarn doubled and am using size 8 needles, so it's going fairly quickly. The front and the back are made the same up to the arm holes, and it would be really easy to make in the round if someone was so inclined - in fact, I've been considering frogging what I have and doing just that. The one part of knitting that I do find tedious is sewing seams, and I dislike it enough to make starting over worth it. I also added a little band of ribbing at the bottom, since I like my sweaters to be longer, and the rolling hem when you do straight stockinette drives me crazy (even when it's supposed to be like that). It should match the ribbing on the sleeves, so hopefully it won't look too out of place.

This yarn has a pretty sheen to it, so I'm loving the way that the simple design showcases that:Image

It'll be even prettier after it's been washed; the best part about this yarn (Caron Simply Soft) is that you can wash and dry it, and it makes the garment have a nice, fluid drape. Assuming you got the gauge right to begin with, of course :P.