I got Textured Tunic down
When I first saw Textured Tunic in the book Fitted Knits, I immediately fell in love with it. However, I was so intimidated by knitting sweaters, and did not believe I was ready for it yet.
Now, several months later, I am so ready. Bring it on, Textured Tunic, I can knit you, no problem. And let me tell you something: I got Textured Tunic down. I got her down in a way that I had to make modifications to the pattern.
In this entry, I will discuss my modifications extensively. When I am completely done with knitting my tunic, I will provide detailed written instructions.
First of all, let’s us take a closer look at the picture of Textured Tunic in the book:
This picture suggests that the Textured Tunic is all around fitted, yes? It hugs the models body perfectly. This gives me reason to believe that there are increases and decreases from upper body, to waist, to hips.
However, the schematics tells us otherwise:
Surprise… no increases nor decreases but knitted down in a straight line.
Questions immediately arise: If there are no increases and decreases, how is it possible that the garment hugs so fittedly around the model’s body? Maybe there is negative ease in the design? Maybe some parts of the design are knitted on smaller needles?
None of the above. If I will follow the pattern as written, and knit in a straight line down, there will be absolutely NO FIT from my chest to my hips.
Conclusion: modifications have to be applied to this project in order not to be disappointed with the endresult.
Decreases and Increases
First of all, what I do not understand in this pattern is that the section with the box stitch does not have any decreases. More over, the box stitch causes that part to expand.
This would make sense if negative ease was applied, but there is no negative ease. The bust size given in the pattern is actual bust size. You cannot really see it in the picture, but the section around my chest has too much ease and is a tad too big. Pictures are deceving like that!
Right after the section of the box stitch, I apply decreases going down to my waist:
Then as I go down to my hips, I apply increases:
Should I not have done this, the garment would have pulled and stretched at my hips.
Fuhggedabout the side buttons
See those cute cute side buttons?
What you don’t see in the picture is that there are actually “flaps” knitted at the side:
I don’t like that at all and assume the the flaps and the buttons will pull, creating gaps. Besides that, it just does not do it for me.
So I decide to just make side slits.
All in all, with the modifications made, I am happy with how this tunic is turning out. It is a bit too big at my chest, and it just does not have the fit I expected it to have. But… I am happy with it. I hope to finish it next week.
What I am trying to say in this entry is, always look with a inquisitive eye at a pattern before you start knitting. Always examine your pattern thoroughly and check if everything looks allright. Don’t just jump into a pattern assuming that it will come out just like in the picture.
By doing this, you will avoid major disappointment at the end of your long sweater knitting journey!
While writing this all out, I remember how intimidated I was to knit a sweater several months ago. I just did not know where to start.
For all you novice knitters out there, I will make an entry in which I explain from beginning to end, what steps to take when knitting a sweater. From choosing the pattern, choosing the yarn, choosing subsititute yarn to knitting a gauge swatch, to making modifications if necessary.
Thanks again so much for reading and untill next time!