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  1. Mairead
    Mairead June 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm |

    How infuriating! I looks like the model has had the jacket pinned at the back. Its the only way it could look as neat as that in the photo!

    The yarn sounds scrummy and is a lovely colour. Any ideas what you’ll make with it now, or will you just stash it?

  2. Karen Berthine
    Karen Berthine June 20, 2012 at 1:40 am |

    No offense to the designer, but the sweater doesn’t look good on the model either. Frankly, it looks too big. It may be that the yarn is too bulky for the drap you seek.

    Hey, you won’t be the first one of us who ripped out a project that, though knit perfectly, just didn’t look right. My worst (or at least the one I remember most vividly) was a long cabled and lace vest I knit – a very complicated pattern out of Chelsea Silk. The first time my daughter saw it, she burst out laughing and said, “You’re not really planning on wearing that, are you?” Off it came and that night I ripped it all out!

  3. Sonya Federman
    Sonya Federman June 20, 2012 at 4:58 am |

    Unless you are doing something with the sides in the picture, I think it looks better than in the picture. It is unique and just needs a little finishing off.

  4. Terri
    Terri June 20, 2012 at 9:05 am |

    What a shame! It looks ok from the front, but not the sides or back – sorry! Maybe you’ve picked the wrong Martin Storey patterns? Some of his designs would look lovely on you, though this one drowns your petite frame, lovely wool though x

  5. Stitched Together
    Stitched Together June 20, 2012 at 10:08 am |

    What a shame, but you are right to just frog it and have done. If you don’t like something, you are really unlikely to fall in love with it after it sits in your wardrobe for 2 years while you wait to stop hating it.

    Ah well, I’m sure something better will come along, soon enough, so you can knit something gorgeous.

  6. franny morris
    franny morris June 20, 2012 at 11:30 am |

    I think you’re fab and generous to share a not so successful project because we all do it and I have to admit to have hidden mine – especially the ones that cost £70+ and I’ve been knitting for 25 years.

    I’ve just knitted some of my own very basic patterns and have stressed about getting them perfect as you would expect if you were buying them. It really wind me up when high quality expensive brands with experienced well known designers don’t do the same. We spend a lot of money on the equipment to do this usually on the strength of their reputation.

    I’ve done a few patterns in the recent past which I am positive have not been written properly and it makes me lose my confidence for a while.
    I’m more than happy to learn by MY mistakes as long as I can establish where the mistake was made. difficult if it is down to the pattern.

    The wool looks lovely by the way – hopefully you’ll find another use for it.

  7. Lysette
    Lysette June 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm |

    Hi Susan
    I like your work, I wanted to propose an idea to you. Do you hold a knitting club? I am the manager of Leon in Bluewater, do you know the place? We are a lovely Resturant, at the weekend we are very busy, during the week days we have the perfect relaxed meeting place with amazing coffee, food and great service. Please email me or call the Resturant if this is something that would appeal to you. If not come in for a coffee your self, best in BLuewater.
    Thanks
    Lysette

  8. Laura
    Laura June 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm |

    This is sooooooooooo annoying! I’ve also just frogged a sweater that I’d sewn up and completely finished. Put it on and YUCK of the highest order! Have just started reworking the wool so here’s hoping…..! Good luck with yours! xxx

  9. Karen
    Karen August 18, 2012 at 7:59 am |

    Hi Susan. I’ve been a knitter for over 40 years and this is the first time I’ve run a search to find comments on a pattern. I started this jacket for my daughter who loved it in the book. I had already finished the cover pattern for myself and it is really lovely and the wool was a joy to work with. This one I was having severe doubts about and I just couldn’t see how it would hang right. Your pictures have confirmed my doubts and I now have a dilemma. I do hate ripping out. Bah!
    Am I right that there is an error in the pattern? After joining the sections following the armhole shaping I had 5 bands of blocks and I have checked and checked and this looks right but the pattern says 4th band of blocks. Did you find this too? Very annoying as I do love the wool and I liked this book very much and indeed have had one success from it. Glad to have found your pages and thanks for the help.

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