My latest knitting project and can “one size fit all”‘?

After a look back at my 2014 knitting, I decided that this year it was time to try writing my own pattern ( a very simple pattern !) I own a shop bought T-shaped top that looked like a good piece to try to re-create (ie..knockoff!)

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It’s waist length and made from just two pieces. The sleeves are knit in one with the body pieces. It’s made in stocking stitch so seemed like a good choice for my first attempt at pattern writing.

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I swatched with some aran weight yarn and checked my gauge over stocking stitch. I measured the sweater and made some calculations on how many stitches and rows I would need to do.

But after doing the ribbing at the hem, I decided now would also be a good time to practice some cables…… first mistake there.  Cables will of course make everything narrower so I should have increased my stitch count.

I checked my knitting against the original :

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In the above photo I’ve had to really stretch out the yellow fabric to make it line up with the orange top.

So really I should have gone back to the start. But…. a small child took a liking to the yellow colour and asked if it could be for them? The unstretched knit looked to be a nice size, with some wearing ease. So I carried on knitting, while sizing it up against said child when they passed by. And this is the result:

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I’d like to say I only made one mistake… but I’m happy to show my second mistake because (I think !) I rescued it pretty well.

Here’s the inside back:

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And here’s the inside front:

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Can you spot the difference?  I was happily knitting away when I got to the neckline and saw I had forgotten to increase for the sleeve fronts!! So I knit two separate pieces and then used kitchener mattress stitch to seam them to the fronts.(edited as I mixed up the names!)

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I also used mattress stitch for the side seams. I’m delighted I finally took the time to learn how to properly seam. And should probably make sure I have the basics perfected before I get carried away with pattern designing!

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So although it may not have turned out the size I wanted, I did wonder how much stretch it had and couldn’t resist a little try-on….

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Ha ha…. so technically it fits. .. but with a bit too much negative ease for my liking!!! Heres a comparison with the original top:

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The useful thing is that now I can see clearly how many extra stitches and rows I will need for my next attempt. ….yes there will be another attempt 🙂
*eta* – The tutorial I followed for mattress stitch can be found hereMattress stitch tutorial

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14 thoughts on “My latest knitting project and can “one size fit all”‘?

  1. Looks great! Good for you for having a go at designing your own sweater. Look forward to seeing what you design next. And as for that getting carried away and knitting beyond the point you should have increased/decreased or whatever, know that feeling well!

  2. Love the colour and the cable! Those side seams look so neat also.
    TV and knitting are a good combination, my only issue is that I need my glasses for knitting but not for watching TV – I’m not quite ready to step up to bifocals yet!

  3. So how old is the child? How small are you??!!! 🙂
    I love the color and the cables look very neat. I think the bought top has a little shaping at the top shoulder, it makes it sit better on your shoulder. You could try that with your next version 🙂

    I’ve made a top I designed (sounds fancy), but it needs a few small changes. I keep delaying them, I hope to wear it next autumn 😀

    • I got a laugh out of your first sentence! I’m roughly a uk8-10 !! But really there’s a lot of give in the front panel and I felt like a stuffed turkey wearing it, lol!! I’d love to see a work in progress post on your top ? and will definitely add more shoulder shaping to my next version 🙂

  4. Every time I see one of your makes, I want to say ‘can you make me one, I’ll trade you a dress!’. But then I remember you sew too!! But still, can you make me one??? :))

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