Friday, May 25, 2007

Cool blue sahara

In between packing boxes, I finished up my Sahara. The colour isn't quite true; it's more of a dark denim-y blue than a navy blue. In all the moving chaos, I haven't had a chance to block the sweater yet, but I expect blocking will make it softer and drapier than it already is. I've posted more pictures and details at Woolly Mammoths.

I made the following modifications:

  • Decreased the neck depth. I felt the sweater looked better proportioned on bustier people with a shallower neck.
  • Reworked the bust/waist shaping. I made the bust larger, the waist smaller, started the shaping further down (under the fullest part of my bust), and changed the shaping accordingly.
  • Added a bust dart. I put bust darts in all my sweaters. They fit much, much better with this feature.
  • Increased neck trim. I needed four repeats of the neck trim pattern to meet in the middle of the neck.

Yarn: Silky Tweed, somewhere around 7-8 skeins. I have a lot of this floating around, so it was a bit difficult to count in the moving chaos. Silky Tweed is soft and lovely, but a bit splitty, even with Stumpi Bluntos.

Needles: One Addi Turbo 16" circular in size 4. If these had pointy points, they'd be perfect! In this case, I appreciated the dull tips, because the Silky Tweed was splitty enough on its own.


Knittymuggins said...

Gorgeous sweater! Any good advice (reference sources maybe?) for how to put in bust darts in patterns that don't call for them? I'm kind of busty too and would like to customize my knits, but I'm a bit of a beginner and need a little guidance as to how to do that. Anything you could tell me would be really appreciated! Enjoy your sweater - it looks great on you! -Maryanne

ChiaLea said...

knittymuggins: I don't see an email address in your profile, so I hope you see this reply. I posted a while ago about the math you need for short-row bust darts:

If that doesn't help, please just email me and I can try to give you a hand.

LEO said...

Oh, I really like the higher neck line! It's nice and classy, and probably makes the sweater much more wearable for someone with boobs! Nice work.

Trilby said...

Wow! What is that sweater you call Phroggy? It is very cool. Is the pattern online somewhere?