Monday, April 18, 2005

Grr! Ribbon X-back

My first foray into ribbon knitting did not go well. I'm pretty much finished with the ribbon x-back from Knitty and it's awful. I'm not tiny (34-inch chest), so I made the size medium, which is supposed to have a finished measurement of 35 inches. Well, it is WAY TOO BIG. Huge. And I'm pretty certain that my gauge is correct (I swatched before starting and re-measured my gauge after finishing the tank). Is it because the fabric/yarn is too stretchy? I don't know. But look at these pics as evidence.

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In this photo, you can sort of see that there is so much extra fabric that the straps in the back do not form an X. Instead they just pull in and create a big fold in the back of the garment. (I haven't done the three-needle bind off yet--so all the yarn bits are still hanging off.

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This photo shows just how much it's hanging off my body. And you can see the fold in the back better. I'm wearing a pink halter top in these photos to keep the photos from revealing too much. I'm pretty irritated. I hated working with the ribbon yarn and the fat needles and I'm so unhappy that this is unwearable. I'm not sure if I will reknit it or not. If I do, I will try a smaller needle and perhaps a smaller size. Right now I just don't want to deal with it.

(entry cross-posted on Ribbon Xback KAL)


knit chick said...

That really bites. I understand the frustration. Maybe someone can offer advice on how to adjust the size without having to frog it? I know, it's wishful thinking.

ingrid said...

i'd frog. I made a ribbon top a couple of years ago which ended up being bigger than I wanted. To wear it I have to pin it to my bra and that's such a hassle that I never wear it. You might want to ask what the gauge is stretched as well as not's really hard to gauge a stretchy yarn.

Yolie said...

The way figure hugging patterns tend to work is that you pick the size that is maybe 1 or 2 inches down from your own chest measurement- as there will be some stretching especially with a ribbon yarn.... as you picked the size an inch bigger, you got a size that was baggy on you. Worth frogging and redoing, I reckon, if only for the learning process ;)