11.03.2009

the knitting archives



 



Over the weekend I finally finished knitting the cabled cardigan vest I've been working on for awhile (top photo).  I had a lot of fun making it because I learned how to knit cables for the first time.  It's slightly too big, but I still like it I think.  When will I ever knit something that fits me?  I know how to fit wovens, but I'm afraid that when it comes to fitting knits I'm a total novice.

After finishing the vest, I dug out the other sweaters I've made over the last year.  It's kind of depressing because they don't fit me and have just been sitting in my drawer for a year, never worn.  So I decided to sell them on Ebay so that someone else can enjoy them.  I've listed them here.  I think both sweaters are really cute--I so wish they fit me!  I think I'm going to try to make the pocket pullover again in the smaller size, and I'm hoping to recoup some of the yarn money I spent on the first one.

28 comments:

janet said...

I think all those sweaters look so sweet on you. Have you tried blocking them so they fit you better? When sweaters are stretched out or too big, sometimes a little spritz of water and a hot iron can do the trick.

Hello Lindello said...

I'm so impressed with your mad knitting skillz! I think the vest looks great on you too :)

jenny gordy said...

Yes, I block all of my sweaters.

Nadinoo said...

Wow! very impressive, I wish I could knit.. x

Thrush Vintage said...

I think all the sweaters are amazing--that vest in particular is just lovely.

leila wylie said...

Wow, that's a great vest. Is there a pattern for it or did you make it up? I've been knitting for a while but have yet to knit cables.

Megan said...

Wow. These are wonderful! I can hardly finish a scarf with bulky weight yarn... I am so impressed. And they look great on you. :)

Joanna Goddard said...

you're such a talent!

Heidi said...

Beautiful work on these. I'm so obsessed with everything gray right now.

nancy : The Sway Report said...

Hi Jenny!

This was my first time reading your blog. I love it. I'm a beginner crocheter, and even more of a novice at knitting. I posted a little blurb about your blog in a recent post. Hope you're having a lovely day and I hope you make back what you spent on yarn. I think the middle sweater fits nicely in that picture.

have a great day !
nancy @ sway report

Riley said...

I love all three sweaters, you are a very talented lady!
I have to say I don't mind them oversized...I think they look cute and cozy - especially with narrow pants. Looking forward to see what you make next!

linda said...

Hi Jenny, your sweaters look wonderful! I saw your Rowan sweater on Ravelry and it made me go out and buy the pattern. I'm going to put it on my eBay watch list :)

Chloe said...

I like the top one, its really cute.

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ms_kitsune said...

I LOVE your sweater vest!!! I have been obsessed with them lately but haven't been able to find any that fit me when I've been thrifting. I am working on my first knitted sweater now and this post really is kicking me in the butt to keep going. Thanks for that. Also, where did you get the pattern for the pocket sweater? It is awesome!

jenny gordy said...

ms_kitsune,

thanks! the pattern is from the Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1 booklet. the sweater is called kaari. it's such a great project!

sew nancy said...

Fitting knits is more difficult with bulky yarn I think. The grey cardigan looks nice on you. I think you should keep it. Also, pattern choice if you want it to be fitted. Short Rows work wonders in the waist area

Hyena In Petticoats said...

Jenny,

You should buy a copy of "Knitting Without Tears" by Elizabeth Zimmermann - you'll learn how to fit a sweater, and you'll never have a fit problem again.

You knit such sweet jumpers - you deserve to have them fit!

Leah xxx

Leila said...

Honestly, I think all 3 sweaters look pretty well-fitted! I have trouble making sweaters small enough and the patterns -- especially British patterns -- tend to run with a little more ease than I expect them to. You might try actually calculating w/the gauge and number of stitches it tells you to cast on what size it will REALLY come out to.

I was looking at your vest and thinking of a cabled sweater I am making for myself and wishing I'd made it a bit larger to look more drapey like yours. Don't be too hard on yourself! They really do look nice!

Sharon said...

I love the pullover and may have to try it ... I 've never knit a sweater (only socks) and i'm so eskared to spend all that time and then have it not fit.

Amelia said...

so sorry that you are not happy with the fit as you have clearly put a lot of work into them - the garments are lovely. knitted fit size is all about gauge and measurements and being prepared to frog a piece (or pieces) and knit the smaller/larger size.

Lil said...

You are so brave for actually getting rid of things which you have hand-made for yourself. I have drawers FULL of ill-fitting clothes, (especially knitted ones), yet I can never bring myself to part with them, as I become so attached during the construction process...

Ama said...

I also love the fit of the bigger pieces! They look warm & cozy. What size did you knit in the Kaari?

modaspia said...

i hope i just outbid everybody on the shawl collared sweater. it's going to be a tad small on me too but i would LOVE to wear that sweater and i can easily think of ways to wear it anyway. it's like the ultimate classic cozy design and the color and buttons (and execution!) are just beautiful. now nobody outbid me or i'm going to be in big trouble with my husband trying to win it.

Hanna said...

I think the pocket sweater looks really cute on you!

shisomama said...

please please, also tell us where the other patterns are from. i love the vest!

*e said...

I love the bottom sweater with the pockets. May I ask where you got the pattern?

Diane said...

WOW! I hope I'm not too late. I would love to buy your sweaters and keep them in the family. You have graced the Wiksten name!! Each design piece you create has countless hours behind it. Wonder is all I can think of. What a beautiful thing to apply your gifts the way you have! I knew you had it in you...Now knitting too. It is exquisite too!

Caroline Marissa Clementine said...

Where did you get the pattern for the second sweater from?