So, I scrapped the peacock cardigan
and dived back into the Icelandic Turtleneck. The pattern has me all excited again. I guess I just needed a little break from it.
I frogged* it back to the neck and started making the small instead of the medium, even though for my measurements, I should be making the medium. I figured that would take the slack out of the back, and it totally worked.
One of the mods that really transformed the pattern for me is turning the seam into a design feature. The pattern hides the seam on one shoulder and down one side. Now that I've moved it, I think of it as an asymmetrical, crocheted racing stripe. Zoom!
Once I made the pattern down to the yoke, I marked where I thought the arm holes should go instead of using the pattern's directions. As you can see, it looks fine when my arm is at my side. But ...
... when I move my arm forward, which is how my arms are most of the time, it reveals a gashy hole that I think looks crappy. Another unappealing design feature** is the foldy bit that appears in the front when you move your arm forward. You can see a hint of the foldy bit in the first photo.
I've actually already frogged this and modded and remodded the pattern. I'm determined to make this so that I'll actually wear it out and not be embarrassed if someone says, "Did you make that?"
And, here's a back shot ... because it came out not-so-blurry. It's so hard to take pix of yourself in the bathroom mirror. I thought my outtakes were hilarious, so I posted all them on my Flickr
. Have a look and a laugh!*For those of you non-fibery-ones ... "frogging" means to rip out crochet or knitting. I think it comes from saying things like "I ripped it out because the gauge was way off." "Ripped it" sorta sounds like "ribbit," which is what a frog says. See, it totally makes sense.
**"Design Feature" is the euphemism programmers use for software bugs.