This page is dedicated to sharing how to get the best fit possible for yourself with this sweater. In order to really make sure things are developing in a way that suits You let’s look at a few things:
- You have been increasing for the fronts and the backs as well as the sleeves on every increase round which occurs every other round.
- We have been seeing a steady, even, all around increase. We moved our stitch markers a bit to create an interesting texture in the sleeves and increases.
- Before we readjust them back (since the sleeve stitches have “borrowed” them temporarily, 3 stitches from each stitch marker remember?) let’s see if we really are ready to be finished with increases.
- To get the best assessment of this I want to challenge you to devote today, when ever your “today” is, to not being rushed. Skipping an opportunity to really look over your progress is like skipping a gift to yourself— the gift of a great fit.
Let’s prepare our sweater for observation…and if I may be so bold…adoration!
You will be moving stitches from your needle to waste yarn. Even if your needle had a cable of 87 feet nothing in the world beats removing stitches from that sturdy cable on to waste yarn this particular way. If you look above you can see the waste yarn tied (as a structured needle would pull in) differs from the waste yarn left free to hang. Little adjustments matter. So let us work this as best we can.
You will need:
- waste yarn of the same weight (3 or 4 pieces)
- a yarn needle
- your sweater
- your pattern or notebook to record things and a pencil
Taking a length of waste yarn and your needle, slip the sleeve stitches from one marker to the next on to your waste yarn. Keep this length of yarn long enough to play with your stitches comfortably, but separate from other sections.
Tie the ends of this section off and repeat around your sweater.
When done you will have your 4 segments (2 sleeves, a front and a back) safe and secure on 4 bits of waste yarn
TRY IT ON!
Bear in mind the nature of the sweater is to stay up around your neck like a collar, and even pucker a bit. Gently pull it to adjust it. As you try this on, keep your pattern and pencil close by to record your response to these questions.
Note: When slipping on the sleeves, slip your arms through the tied waste yarn as if it were the sleeve bottom. This will allow you to fully take in the way your sleeves are going to fit.
The sleeves should fit closely to your underarms as shown.
Do not worry if they are a bit wider than you prefer. We can “give back” those borrowed stitches to the fronts.
Are the sleeves too snug? We can keep those borrowed stitches. We can even add more!
What if the sleeves fit, but the length is too short? We will definitely address that in a moment!
Don’t rush through this! Take your time and consider what your answer is, even if you need to look, re-look, adjust, re-adjust….re-adjust the re-adjustment…
- Check your fit all the way around. You may ask for a friend or spouse to help you with this and just snap a few iPhone pics. Or get up close with your mirror!
- Your sweater should fall across the upper bust as shown in the first large photo.
- Remember to gently tug your sweater a bit as it will stretch after soaking and blocking, as well as stretch a bit more due to the weight of the lower portion of the sweater hanging below. I mentally factor in an extra 1/4 inch of stretch above what my swatch measured for this normal occurrence.
- Pull out your trusty swatch and look over the swatch and your knitting to see differences!
- Need a bit more length? No worries. You can fix that! Want a bit more width? You can fix that too!
- Need a bit of help removing or replacing the stitches? Head Here and watch the tutorial. Replace the sleeves as you took them off and then let’s move on!
Making the Sweater fit YOU not You fit in to the sweater:
==>If you have an all around sense that the sweater needs to be larger, continue as you have been working up to this point. Repeat the increases at 2 repeat intervals and then recheck. If you are working a solid or gradient fade continue with the colour you are using. If you are striping, continue to work the stripe sequence as it is written, but make note on the chart of where you are.
==>If you feel the sleeves are fine and the front a bit small, work 1 or 2 more increase sets but increasing only for the front and back.
==>If you feel the front and back are fine but the sleeves are a bit tight, work 1 or 2 more increase sets but increasing only for the sleeves.
FOR ALL CHANGES, PLEASE RECORD WHAT YOU DID. We will need to refer to this as we adjust the colour variations that will happen. Nothing to worry about, we just need to remember what we changed, where we changed it and what amount of change happened.
As you consider the fit up to this point, keep in mind we are going to add more stitches once the sleeves are removed and we will continue to add stitches as we work our way down the sweater. If in doubt simply wait to see our next bit of the pattern. I may be releasing the next bit a few days early since I have so many Speedy Gonzales Knitters in this K2G! Remember, for those of us who are not supersonic, this isn’t a race, so do not feel bad wherever you are in your knitting journey!
For those of you who have the right number of stitches, but you think they are in the wrong spot, they aren’t. The right and left sleeve have 6 shared stitches belonging to the front of the sweater. They also have 6 shared stitches belonging to the back. In the next part of the pattern you adjust all the stitches for sleeve removal.
I hope these ideas are helpful for you! One of the benefits of doing this as a K2G in parts is that I am able to share with you specific areas you can easily adjust for yourself and your preference. We will have this opportunity as we knit the body and bottom as well as the sleeves soon.