Tuesday, April 17, 2007

HeartBeat/HeartBreak Revisited

I finally bit the bullet and decided to fix the neck edging on my HeartBeat sweater so that if I wanted to ever wear it (highly doubtful now, because I am thoroughly sick of looking at it) I could.

When last we saw this sweater it had a neckline that was still too wide -- despite having four complete repeats of the neckline edging. I wasn't keen on the look of that many repeats, to me it looked more like a yoke than an edging, but in for a penny...I undid the bound off edge and put it back on the needles for a final (fifth) repeat. This time around instead of doing just one decrease round (out of a four row repeat) I did two decrease rounds. The thought occurred to me that if I had done that from the beginning I might not have had to do so many repeats, but I firmly pushed it out of my mind before I got too depressed to continue. And here's the end result --

Yeah, I know, it's on the dress form, not me -- what can I say, I was having a bad body day. I think though, that it is apparent that the neckline is now smaller. I could (hypothetically) wear it without exposing that which I do not care to expose -- even if I were to actually move about.

So, stick a fork in it or drive a stake through it, but it is done. I did learn some things from the experience, so it's not a total loss. I would have preferred to have a wearable top to learning stuff, but hey -- we take our victories where we can.


Brenda said...

I think your sweater is beautiful and so are the crocheted sweaters you have finished and are working on. I am also doing the Heartbeat KAL and hoping I can wear it at least once without feeling self-conscious. I like the edging around the neck and just may copy your ideas but I am making mine long or 3/4 length sleeves - haven't decided yet. I hope you don't mind the copying, but yours is really nice!!!!!

Reluctant Penguin said...

I'm sorry you had such a hard time with it, but the final product is beautiful. I am working on my second Heartbeat in what seems to be a similar yarn and hope it ends up as nice as yours. At least I am enjoying knitting it!

Karen said...

Thanks for the kind comments -- we'll see if it ever gets worn! Perhaps we just need some time apart so I can get over my annoyance.

Lissa said...

I sincerely hope that you will relent and wear your sweater - it's gorgeous and you did a beautiful job!

Knitman said...

I think it looks very good, the neck fits well with the design, it doesn't look out of place at all.

Perry said...

Give it time, that gorgeous sweater deserves to be worn!