Friday, October 14, 2011

Fiber #40 // 50s Inspired Sweater

Hang on ... THREE posts in one week ... AND a finished object??? What is going on over there in the Land of Jessica? (Although, hang on, it's about time isn't it? That was considered normal just a year ago)

So here's a sweater that's endured endless tinkering, retinkering, and then languishing as I couldn't figure out the last 0.5% of the project to make it wearable. It's a modified version of Mata Hari, a beautiful pattern which caught my attention not only because it reminds me of those 50s blouses with the ballet neckline at front and deep V in back, but also because the sweater is reversible. Hello.

You'll see from the Ravelry link that the original sweater does not exactly have a boatneck collar, which was the first of my difficulties in tinkering with the pattern. Even if you have some experience with short rows, including some heavy winging-of-it in modifying a sweater pattern to fit your mother, I do not really recommend offroading for a boatneck if you are using inset sleeves and haven't quite figured out the depth of armholes you need and are knitting this bottom-up, especially not if you are delusional about how deep of a sleeve cap you require (I keep forgetting that knit patterns tend to size proportionally, so that smaller sizes generally correspond to petite-r armhole depths, unlike many sewing patterns where I have to make a petite adjustment in armhole length).

I also opted to raise the v-neck by about two inches. Mostly for modesty sake when wearing the sweater the other way around, as I don't really go for plunging necklines over camisoles and wanted something I could wear to work. Unfortunately this means the v-neck from the back isn't nearly as sexy as in the original pattern, but then again, that may not be a bad thing for a work environment.

Here it is the other way around. Sorry for the color quality in the photos, this is a beautiful, deep, luscious, vibrant blue Noro yarn that photographs terribly. I'd had it in my stash forever, trying to find a pattern where I wouldn't mind if the single ply, wool/silk/nylon blend eventually stretched out and sagged. This style should look fine form-fitting or loose, I think.

And the neckline from the back.

I love this style of blouse so much, I am rather tempted to make another one (but with a better boatneck of course). However, it's rather a distinctive style, no? Maybe with tiny cap sleeves as a springtime blouse? I seem to have the best success sneaking one pattern into multiple garments if I can split them between seasons ...


poet said...

It's really pretty! I have the greatest admiration for people who know how to knit and even adapt patterns... The reversibility is an awesome feature, too.

Alessa said...

How pretty! I love the unexpected deep neckline in the back!

Also: I got mail! You may imagine me jumping with totally unexpected glee, finding you package in the mail! I was on my way out, so I tried to highten the suspense and not open it immediately, but I didn't hold out for more than 5 min... *g* Thanks so much, the hat is so pretty! I'm in love with the perfect little stitched-on flowers! :)

Roobeedoo said...

So versatile! Ha - just saw Alessa's comment - was I right about the hat?!

Sigrid said...

Another gorgeous (blue) knit. Now that I have seen your knitting for real in the lovely hat you sent me, I can imagine just how perfect this must be. I too have the bad habit of altering my knits on the needles, which usually leads to difficulties in the final steps, but it looks as if you solved everything perfectly.