Summer Sweater KAL: Time for a FO!

Happy Monday! I’ve got a finished summer sweater to show off!


Here’s my Saco Stripes and CustomFit mashup tank, knit from Quince and Co. Sparrow. After my last post, I finally got down to business and wove in those pesky ends. For those who have asked, yes, I did carry the main color up the sides! But I didn’t want to carry the contrast for 6 rows, and thus got myself into the mess of having many, many ends to weave.


I’m quite taken with the linen, which makes a more opaque fabric than I was expecting, and feels soft in a way that is very different than wool. I don’t have much experience with non-wool fibers, but I was able to get a very consistent gauge in Sparrow, and the resulting sweater is so light and swingy.


You can’t quite tell in these photos (and that’s on purpose!), but the tank is quite long on me — it hits just about at my widest point, also known as my booty. As Amy has taught us, this isn’t the most flattering choice for a bottom-heavy figure such as mine. It’s not a gauge problem — the tank is exactly as long as the pattern said it would be — but I do think I need to re-evaluate my CustomFit measurements and move my low-hip up a bit. It’s been a learning process for me to see where exactly I like sweaters to end, and I’m enjoying every bit of it!

It’s a toss-up at this point whether I’ll use TECHknitter’s method to remove some of the length. I’ll likely wear the tank as-is, but I know it would be more flattering if it were just a few inches shorter. If it were you, what would you do?

Here’s a link to my Ravelry project if you’d like to see some more photos!

photo (2)When I tallied the votes in my sweater poll on Friday, Effervescent won by one single vote! I’ve swatched, blocked and measured, now just need to generate my pattern. So far, I loved swatching the inventive stitch pattern on the fronts — I’m very impressed with the designer, as I never would have thought of it! I’ve yet to finish a CustomFit cardigan (though who can forget the one I struggled through during Cardipalooza?), but I think this will be the one!

Do you think I can finish before #sskal ends? I’ve got a bit under a month, but no stripey ends to weave in this time, so that’s on my side!


10 thoughts on “Summer Sweater KAL: Time for a FO!

  1. I don’t tend to wear things if I am not happy with the fit, so I think it is worth it to repair it. It doesn’t take that long — trust me! I recently fixed a sweater that was too long, too wide and it had a giant cable on the front, and it only took a few hours. I think you’ll be even happier with that great tank!

  2. Lauren, I follow your progress with great interest because I share your body type. My weight is ideal, my hips not so much (sigh). This season even the supposedly petite tops seem to hit my crotch–not good. If there’s a way to shorten your tank, I bet it would be worth it.

  3. Repair it! If you’re not truly happy with it, what’s the point?

  4. Lauren, I think it looks great and I wouldn’t shorten it. While you might technically be bottom heavy, you are so tall and your figure looks perfect to me. Plus, with it long you could wear it over skinny leggings and you’d look fantastic. Just wear it and enjoy it and own that you look terrific in it!

  5. Lauren, I agree with Jocelyn. Besides your height, the “swinginess” of the hem totally makes it work at its current length. It looks fabulous on you…take the learning for future sweaters by adjusting where your low hip measurement hits, but wear your new tank with pride.

  6. Ok since it is a little longer, I think it would be perfect with leggings!
    It’s really a cute knit.
    I would have definitely carried those contrasting rows! OMG!!! :-O

  7. I agree that the tank top looks great on you – but I also recognize that some of that is the great photography. 🙂 You can try wearing it as it is, but if you find you’re not liking it, please do take the time to fix it.

    I am wondering what it would look like if you just fold up the bottom and hem it – would that add too much bulk around the bottom? Otherwise I would definitely do something similar to the TechKnitter’s approach.

    It looks great. Thank you for sharing it with us. 🙂

  8. Lauren, I love your tank just as it is. But if I know one thing about my clothes, if they don’t fi the way I wan hem to, I either avoid wearing them or if I do wear them, I am constantly fidgeting with them. Make the tank shorter if that’s what you want! It’s too pretty to sit in a corner of your closet and Amy always says that you look better in clothes you love! I think you’ll be happier in the long run!

    1. Thank you, Amy! You’re right, I know I probably need to do it… but I’m lazy, so instead I’m knitting another sweater 🙂

  9. You’ve already invested all this effort, why settle for average when it could be awesome.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *