I have been arguing with my Silken Scabbard pattern off and on now since March 4th. The argument started even before I cast on any stitches with the Knit Picks website picture of the Aegean color of their Elegance yarn being completely WRONG as to the actual color of the yarn. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely shade & I am still using it, but the color is nowhere close to what I expected based on the website image. As for the beginnings of the actual sweater, I'm going cheat a little and copy and paste from my project details on Ravelry so you can see what has happened thus far. After starting on March 3rd, and getting the joy of re-reading each line of the pattern about 5 million times to understand it, this happened on March 14th:
Getting ready to put the sleeves on waste yarn after knitting only 6 repeats of the raglan increase pattern (pattern calls for 7 1/2 repeats). I am concerned about having enough to go around my upper arms for the sleeves, (should have listened to that inner voice!) but I don’t want the neckline creeping up any higher, I may end up ripping some out if it seems to high to do less raglan increases. We’ll see how it goes! Later: Yup, as feared the collar was much too high so I frogged back to 5 raglan increases, I’m afraid if I drop it to 4 repeats the bra straps would show and that’s just tacky!And just to prove that not only am I NOT smarter than this pattern but that it is the sweater from heck due to my own complete incompetence, this happened next on March 18th:
Now the armpits are way too tight! Collar is perfect though, oh well, frogged up to the sleeve divide and will add back on what I had taken out earlier this week, sigh. Maybe this wasn’t the best idea for my first sweater!
I will say the yarn held up amazing well to being knit, ripped, then knit again, ripped again, and knit a final time. It looked a bit frizzy before I knit it that final time, but the knitted fabric looks just fine. Of course, knowing my luck after I wash it that first time I'll have a pilled worn looking messy stripe right under my arms and across my chest and back!