Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Not so Sizzlin

I've been in the SKC since the beginning, but this the first time I've participated in a knit-along... so, hey everyone! I scored some half-price Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere a couple of weeks ago, so I figured it'd be the perfect time to try out Sizzle. Even on size 5 needles, it only took me about 5-6 days to complete. I really loved the pattern, and I thought it would fit perfectly, but...well...
Sizzle
I'm not so sure. I'm finding the same problem that many of you are- it seems to have stretched more widthwise than it should have. I have tons of room in the hips (a small miracle considering things are ALWAYS tight around my hips), and it's a little shorter than I'd like. I made it in a size small, and while the bust seems to fit ok, everything else is off.

I have a sneaking suspicion that it's the yarn's fault- I always tend to have bad luck with cotton. Also a note on the yarn: it bled like crazy when I was soaking it before blocking, and while it seems to have kept its color overall, I did notice small spots that look bleached.

I have to say, I did love this pattern- maybe it'd be worth it to go back and work it in an extra small? I know this sweater has the potential to be alot more sizzlin than it is!

By the way, for a truly heinous pic of me in Sizzle, check out my blog!

6 comments:

Yarn It said...

I think substituting yarn for Sizzle is very difficult because the Silk Bijou is such a unique yarn that it is hard to re-create the same fabric with other yarns, even if you have guage. I tried and failed! But when I did sizzle in Silk Bijou, it turned out wonderful and perfect. I am sure many people will have great luck with sub yarns, but after using Silk Bijou I can see why Wendy choose it for that particular pattern. It is expensive but knits up into an amazing garment.

Michelle said...

I think your sizzle looks lovely! I think it was your yarn, cotton can be such a pain the the you know what...

Wendy said...

yup, take it from me, cotton isn't the best thing because it does stretch a bit. If you sub, it's probably best to sub with things that aren't particularly stretchy?

Sometimes I wonder about the yarns I choose.

Come to think of it, bamboo would probably be a similar fiber...

Christine said...

I made the XS and I normally wear a Medium or Small. I've had bad luck with cotton sweaters stretching SIDEWAYS in the past, so it's always a gamble for me. It was snug as heck for about half an hour, then magically it's fit ever since. Can you pop it in the dryer to see if it tightens up any?

Kelly B said...

You know, a few people have suggested trying to shrink it in the dryer. I have to admit, I'm considering it.....

Krista said...

I've had the same problem with my sizzle in cotton cashmere too. I'm adding sleeves and turning it into more of a sweater. I think it'll be fine being too big that way! I do not want to reknit it!