Of course I couldn't resist making several tweaks, but my compulsive need to be smarter than every pattern is beside the point.
...It went mostly well. One of my mods was ill-conceived but later surgically amended.
Pattern: Ease by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza in Beachglass (this sweater being its third and final incarnation)
- Smaller needles = tighter gauge, less ease, hopefully less pilling.
- Shortened the body slightly. This was the poor decision that resulted in an unflattering poofy situation just above the hem ribbing. Snipped, pulled out a row, knit a few more rounds even and grafted the whole damn thing back together. In hindsight it might have been easier to just rip out and reknit from the bindoff...Anyway, eagle-eyed readers will note that it still needs a re-block, but the worst is over.
- Tightened/neatened up the neck opening by finishing with even smaller needles (US 4/3.5mm), doing a round of decreases before binding off (k3, k2tog around), and after some trial and error, using a suspended bind off.
I'll be recruiting testers for the above hat shortly, which looks less stupid when worn correctly. I may have gotten a little carried away with the fancy new camera and remote this morning.