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♥ MBS: My Beautiful Sweater ♥

Hi Knitters and Crocheters,

Guess what? This is project chit-chat.

I rarely post what’s “on the needles” or “off the hook…”

[was just struck with realization that “off the hook” is one of the best crochet puns I have never used.]

ahem…because I typically design with the end goal of submission or indie release and usually I can’t share them with you early.

Since finishing the book, I’ve been in an exploring phase that turned into an L&D phase. L& D = Learning & Development. YAY!

I decided to make myself a sweater to get more familiar with lace knitting, working from (and creating!) knit lace charts, playing with semi-tailored garment fits, poring over knit garment design books to study and apply the principles (later to crochet as well!), embracing seamed garment-making, and just getting back into the swing of sweater designing.

I can’t tell you how tired I am of looking at that water stain on my graph paper chart.

Yes, I could have recopied it. But was I going to?

No.

mbs process

I decided to approach this undertaking with a very positive attitude, so I named it “MBS” for “My Beautiful Sweater” instead of giving it a fanciful or feminine name as I normally do. I think referring to it that way helped my mindset when progress slowed to a crawl!

I tried it on and it fits, but I’m 9.99 months pregnant (due date is the day after tomorrow), and I just couldn’t bring myself to get in front of the camera.

One problem I’ve had when making fitted garments is not allowing for enough wearing ease. You know that impulse when shopping to really want to buy the smallest size you can get away with? It’s a little like that. Do you do that?

I think it’s that same problem that sometimes attacks me when I face my body measurements and then I’m supposed to add in extra inches for ease. But it’s denial to think you don’t need them, friends.

Pure denial.

mbs

My mannequin is a skinny minny, so there’s lots of extra ease and the fit is oversized on her, but I think it looks pretty and tunic-like.

mbs2

We still need a neckline finish and I’m thinking just a very simple, narrow reverse stockinette rolled neckline will fit the bill.

Now I’m casting on for a baby size! Whee! If it pans out, I hope to release the sweater pattern for little ones.

bbs

Thanks for visiting me today.

♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.

Sara Kay

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