As you know, my next big project is the Ebba Pullover by Dianna Walla. I love the aesthetics of this sweater; and, after getting my hands on the Quince & Co. Chicadee yarn that the pattern calls for, I love the fabric as well. The yarn is light and bouncy with a strong 3-ply construction that will stand the test of time and wear.
Having knit four other sweaters, I knew that I was not quite willing to just follow-along. Sometimes you get lucky–sure–but my experience with sweaters has been so-so when i follow the pattern for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m a tight knitter, so my gauge is usually a bit different and 2) I like things to fit my body in particular ways, which means I usually don’t want to go with standard shaping. Ysolda Teague speaks about these standards in a recent interview with Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia yarns. So, this means going my own way . . . which means I need a few hours of concentrated time to understand the pattern and then apply my gauge and adapt the pattern to my body math.
This pattern is fairly straight forward for a yoked pullover: you basically knit a tube, add steeks for the sleeves and then work the sleeves. The tricky parts in adapting it are 1) the color charts need to be adapted (and the designer helps with this a bit for the different sizes she offers); 2) my stitch gauge AND my row gauge were different, so I had to do some extra maths for the length of the garment; and 3) the neck line requires a bit of modification (for my taste) and that means understanding BOs and neck hole size.
At this point, I’m about 4″ into the sweater and I’m super excited about the fabric that I’m creating. As I mentioned on Episode 6 of the VLOG, I’m planning three major modifications in addition to the body measurement changes I’m making:
- bringing the neckline in a bit on both sides (and possibly adding buttons)
- lengthening the sleeves so that they are full-length
- possibly adding colorwork to the sleeve ends
I would love to know whether and how other folks work with patterns to modify them for their own bodies and tastes–ideas? Please share in the comments 🙂