Sunday, April 22, 2007

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    I fell off the stage and bruised some ribs.
    The worst part was that the audience didn't realize I was gone.
    -Richard Marx

    April. San Diego, California. UFO Resurrection. One knitter. One cardigan. One zipper.

    I met the challenge and sewed the zipper into my Ribby Cardi. And the zipper actually came out really well. (The photo? Not so much. The beau likes to take photos before he tells me he's taking them.)

    But the sweater? I don't know. Is it possible to be the only person in the world not completely in love with the Ribby Cardi? My issues:
    1. The sleeves are maybe a smidge (1-2 inches) too short.
    2. Is this why the neck is so big?
    3. Is the raglan too long or too short?
    4. Something about it just lays funny - like there's too much fabric in the middle and not enough at the ends. The ribs on the sides don't pull in as much as I was expecting.
    I'm endeavoring to wear it a bit and see if it grows on me (perhaps literally, in the case of the sleeves), in the manner that sometimes it takes a little time to lose the newness. And then I may try to reblock it to make the sleeves a bit longer. But barring that, we have a new set of questions.

    Question for you all:
    1. Can I fix all of this by adding a few inches to the sleeves?
    2. Or is it a larger problem with the entire sweater? In which case I'll take it as a sign that I don't have any shirts to wear under it.
    Please help.

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    Blogger knitzalot said...

    The sleeves on mine turned out way too small in the upper arm/shoulder area. Are you having that problem too? My sleeves were too short also. I never bothered seaming up the other side because it basically didn't fit.

    4/22/2007 10:54 PM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    I had the same problems as "knitzalot" and I don't think I'm not broad shouldered!

    4/23/2007 3:55 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    My sleeve length bothers me too, and I wasn't sure if my neckline issues were due to my poor zipper installation or the pattern. I usually save my ribby for trips to Colorado - it's great for hiking and for keeping warm around the campfire.
    Your zipper looks good!

    4/23/2007 4:00 AM  
    Blogger Carole Knits said...

    I haven't knit this one so I have no advice to offer. Hope you can turn it around, though, because it took a lot of time to get to this point.

    4/23/2007 4:16 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hmm. With just one photo to go on, it's hard to tell, but it almost looks like the raglan slope is too steep -- it goes up too much and in too little. Could that be part of the problem? Again, as I said, I only have the one photo, so I could be way off.

    For what it's worth, I think that's quite a nice photo of you!

    4/23/2007 6:00 AM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    Sounds like ALL of you are having the same issues with this sweater. My arms are short so it would probably not be my issue. I would try re-blocking it and stretching those sleeves. It seems like you could get some additional length that way.

    You are really getting to be a zipper expert!

    4/23/2007 6:02 AM  
    Blogger Liz said...

    I made a Ribby Cardi about a year ago, and wound up gifting it to my sister (who is about four inches shorter than I, and proportionately thinner, too), even though I had knit it for myself -- it was just too short all over, and a little too tight to be comfortable. I have the yarn for another one, and plan to go up a size and try again.

    4/23/2007 6:51 AM  
    Blogger Tracy Batchelder said...

    I haven't made this one before. It looks good in the picture. I would try fixing it the easiest way possible first. No need to rip out unless you have too.

    4/23/2007 6:57 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I haven't made this, but have made a gazillion raglans top down and bottom up. This looks to me like the raglan is not deep enough, also too steep as Rachel pointed out. Too snug in the upper arm as well. At least for something that is going to be a jacket kind of sweater. I

    4/23/2007 7:20 AM  
    Blogger Disentangled said...

    Bummer man. It does look cute on you, but if it doesn't feel good? What's the point, really. Hmm, I do agree that you should let it settle and then see. But if it's wool, maybe "wool's blocking magic" will be enough to get it to fit better.

    I have to say it isn't exactly encouraging me to finish mine :-(

    4/23/2007 8:05 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have never knit the sweater but have always thought it cute. I like yours and based on the picture it looks good, but if you don't like the fit and plan to keep it, you might want to alter it. While adding some length to the sleeves seems like a good fiz, if the fit in the raglans and the sweater overall isn't to your liking, adding to the sleever seems moot. Huh, did you get proper gauge?

    4/23/2007 8:33 AM  
    Blogger WandaWoman said...

    The sleeves you should be able to make longer. As far as the collar, you may want to rip back as it does seem a little longer. Hopefully it will be a sweater that you love. It does look really nice on you as far as fit and the colors are very cute.

    4/23/2007 8:51 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hmmm,I like it, but now that you mention it, the raglan does look a bit wide? It certainly doesn't look bad, and I like it all in all, but if it doesn't "feel" right, well, I know what you mean. I do think you could lengthen the sleeves easy enough, though.

    4/23/2007 3:01 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    T, I know nothing about handknit sweaters, as I never had anyone love me enough to make me one, that being said,... You look great. This will be a great month to catch up on some much needed sleep.
    Love you a lot.

    4/23/2007 8:41 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I bought and printed off the pattern the day Bonne Marie put it up and I have never made it - so I can offer no advice, but it looks great on you and that zipper is EXCELLENT!!!

    4/24/2007 6:20 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    I haven't knit this, so I have very little of substance to offer. I do like the color combination, though, and I agree that you look great in it! Having the sleeves a bit too short would drive me nuts, so I would probably add a couple inches, unless the blocking does work wonders.

    4/24/2007 9:21 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had the exact same problems! I even really liked the way my zipper turned out :( I'd be very interested to hear what advice Bonne Marie gave.

    4/26/2007 12:46 PM  

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