A while back I mentioned I was knitting Cherie Amour from the latest knitty.com. Got the yarn from handpaintedyarn.com (and oh my god, I want to eat it like linguine alfredo, it's so yummy, and affordable! Do you hear me? It's cheap enough that you could actually eat it!), started working, and...let us just say that this has been a learning sweater. I learned that you have to pay attention to the frickafrackin chart if you're knitting lace: I learned that it does pay off because that lace is pretty. I learned that no matter what voodoo I work, I can't get the lace on the top part of the sweater to come out mathematically correct -- and before ripping those 15 rows a third time, I decided to try the sweater on. Whereupon I learned that, as certain of the internets have been saying, that it is not the most flattering sweater to many of us on the meatier end of the single digit sizes. (Single digits, people! I am now in the single digits!)
I don't want to rag on the thin girls, but one look at the designer (who is stunningly beautiful and clearly a good designer, present issue notwithstanding) made it plain how something that seems like it should be so flattering (and indeed is, on the slender-er) ends up looking like a Gut Tube Now With Muffin Top Enhancer on me. Yes, my abdominal area is somewhat, um, blousy, but most of my clothes don't erect a flashing neon billboard proclaiming that THIS WOMAN HAS HAD A BABY! POSSIBLY WITHIN THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS!
And yet. The lace on the bottom of the sweater was just so danged pretty. It goes so well with the yarn, a variegated curry-to-amber-to-pumpkin merino that looks amazing over burgundies, deep greens, olives, navy (my cheery clothing palette). So I am hatching a plan, perhaps a foolhardy one for a novice sweater knitter, but here it is, and if as an experienced knitter you have commentary, please to be sharing:
Okay. Here it is.
Note: I knitted it in size S the first pass, and while it hugged in a sexified way, I do think (as the designer has stated) it'll look better with a little less grab.
Cast on as for medium; knit the bottom lace of the sweater the specified 31 rounds. Then switch to slightly smaller needles, and knit another six inches or so; switch down another size and knit another three or four inches. This will make the sweater somewhat longer so it hits at a more flattering place on my body, but keeps it from being overly bulky as it goes up past my hips toward my waist. (And saves me having to do any lace pattern math.) This is important because...
...I am only going to do maybe three inches of ribbing, and I want it to be supersnug and right up under my bust. On the original, that big swatch of thick ribbing placed where it was unflattered me so terribly, so this will dispense with that problem while still cinching in the sweater in the smallest place on my body.
After that I will continue with the pattern as written, in size M (although maybe on a smidge smaller needles), and hope that the math either works better for the M or spontaneously resolves itself presuming the problem is in my head.
I am also considering making 3/4 sleeves, but I don't know how that will look with my rejiggered pattern.
(All this will have to wait until after Wednesday's midterm. Boo hiss.)