I have finally finished Glade and I have to say – I’m not a happy knitter.
After slogging through 10 pattern repeats on the bottom hem and spending another £20 on extra yarn I was looking forward to something fabulous. I blogged all about the needle size problems and “yarn munching” in my previous Glade post. I won’t bore you with going through that all again. Sufficient to say, this garment took 20 balls of yarn!
The final part of edging was a cute little 4 row pattern that was sewn all around the front open edge – the pattern was refreshingly easy but it took me just as long to sew it on neatly as to knit it – it does really finish it off well though.
What’s happened to my hands?? A serious power tool accident while renovating my garden knitting chair 😯 ?? What’s all the baggy stuff around the waist?? Oh no!! – my head is missing! (OK – the head missing is nothing to do with Glade – I am the world’s least photogenic person!)
It’s too damned big.
I knit the 34″ chest size (second size) as I do with all Rowan patterns. Heck, that’s the size I am! It has come up huge! I have even just whipped out my tape measure and had one last check of my tension on the stocking stitch – in fact, I’m half a stitch and half a row tight if you want to be picky (not enough to change needles) so this should have been a little tight!
I sought advice from my knitting pals at my Sunday morning knitting group – we decided that I’ll have to fasten it like this….
Wrapped over, double breasted style…
That helps a lot and I have spare ribbon to change the way it ties so it’s do-able but really – should I have to do this?
And then there’s the sleeves…
They are past my fingertips and look comical. I could shorten the stocking stitch part and reattach the edging but I’d be pretty close to joining the hem at the armhole! The best the girls and I could come up with is to put elastic and some more ribbon in them so they are permanently pushed up? Or I have my arms perpetually bent to stop them slipping down. The real question is – was Martin Storey designing for a woman or a chimp? The schematics in the pattern say the sleeves are 50 cms long – mine are shorter – 48cm- because of the edging debacle. What was he thinking?
This was the first RYC pattern I’ve knitted and I can’t see me ever knitting one again. I am a seriously disappointed, unhappy knitter.
|Completed Knit Report|
|Name:||Glade by Martin Storey|
|Yarn:||RYC Bamboo soft|
|Pattern Problems:||A brief summary – Insufficient information published regarding tension in the pattern for the hem edging. Suspected wrong needle size for Hem edging. Sizing for body much too big. Used 6 more balls than given amount (probably due to wrong needle size/too tight tension on edging).|
|Pattern Modifications:||Shortrow shaped shoulders and did a three needle bind off.|
|Washing and Wearing:||Impossible to wear if you want to do anything – the sleeve dangle in everything. Sleeves are sagging and bagging after 4 hours of wear.|
|Knit It Again???:||Never, ever in a million years….|
|Difficulty:||3/5 Looks a lot harder than it is but does require careful sewing on of the trims and care not to split yarn.|
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