This project has certainly tested mine! In a way, I’m pleased with my perseverance. It stands as a testament to my progress as a knitter–certainly, I would have let my doubts get the better of me even just a year ago. For while I’m not letting them talk me into abandoning this project, I sure have them.

Which is a very long-winded way of saying that I’ve finished the back and both fronts of Tulip! When I hold them up to myself in the mirror, they look fine, but their appearance on the dressform is not exactly inspiring.

It’s a little low, don’t you think? Even if I want a tank to be necessary? Also, there is gaping on the sides that I’ve not shown in that picture. I’m not ripping out, because when I measure myself I see 3.5 inches of length in my torso that the dressform is lacking. And the mirror tells me all will be well–the waist of the top sits at my waist, even if it doesn’t sit at the dressform’s. I know the rational thing to do is finish the sleeves, which won’t change in any case, pin the thing together, and just try it on.

But still, I’m nervous. Tell me stories of sweaters you’ve been worried about that worked out well in the end?

6 thoughts on “Nerves

  1. It looks wonderful! Trust the mirror, the mirror is your friend. 🙂

  2. I agree with Pikku-Kettu (trust the mirror) — it looks lovely from here!

    Personally, I have worried about every sweater I have made (that’s not very many, granted). I think they’ve all turned out pretty well (although I did do some major reknitting on Wicked before it was done).

  3. I think it sounds like you’re on the right track. For one thing, you know the dressform and you have different shapes. What matters is how the sweater will fit on you, not the dressform. Second, the measurments of the sweater as well as how it looks in the mirror suggest that it’s going to fit you the way you want it to. You’re absolutely right to finish the sleeves, pin and try on. Then you’ll have a better idea of how it’s all going to come together (which I think is going to be darn near perfect.) I just finished a sweater for which I had deep concerns about how it would all come toghther. It came out better than I expected! It’s not perfect, but it’s close enough. I got to a point where it was more important to me to have it finished than perfect. There’s a surprising amount of wiggle room in sweater fit. Hang in there!

  4. Sahara had me worried, but it all worked out in the end! I think you’ll have good luck with Tulip.

  5. The sweater is turning out lovely! If anything, you could always add an edging around the neckline to make it less revealing…

  6. I think it looks fantastic. If you’re worried about it being too low I would wait and try it on with a flat-top tank rather than one with a scoop neck. You would be surprised at how much difference that slight curve makes. I’m sure it will look fabulous once it’s all finished. The colors are wonderful, already!

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