I am thinking about knitting my first sweater and thought that Flower Power
from SnB Nation would be a good one to try. It seems pretty simple as far as sweaters go and also looks fairly easy to modify which I want to do quite a bit of for a first sweater. I want to make it striped and without the flower which is simple enough, but I need some feedback as far as modifying the actual pattern for fit and to be knit on circs instead of back and forth.
I have a long torso and wide shoulders but am otherwise quite small. XS almost always fits but is often too short and sometimes puckers funny under the arms due to the armpit seams not being in qute the right spot. This is especially a problem with raglan shaped items. Going up a size alleviates the arm hole problem but then I lose all sense of fit in the torso.
The picture of the sweater in the book looks like the design may eliminate my usual arm hole issues, but it may be that the model is just really tiny. I wonder if there is anyone reading this that has knit this pattern and can tell me if the arm seams really do fall that low on the shoulder (in which case I won't have to try and modify it).( Collapse )
In order to increase the length, I was thinking that adding a few rows to the waist area (after the decreases and before the increases) would work. Should I do that or add rows amoung the decreases and increases?
As for modifying the pattern for circs. I have what I think is a good modification all typed out. Is there anyone with the book that would be willing to look over it for me and tell me if it looks right? I don't want to post the complete pattern online since it is not free, but I would love you forever if I could email it and have it checked over.
I'd like to knit the sleeves on circs/ dpns as well (I hate purling and finishing, can ya tell?). Is this a good idea or should I just stick to knitting them flat? If I knit them in the round and take out the two stitches that would be used up in the seam, will the arm still fit into the arm hole correctly? I'm thinking yes, but I want to make sure.