Monday, August 13, 2007

FO: Grecian Plaits


Pattern: Grecian Plaits from the Summer 2007 Knitter's magazine.
Size: Small (37" finished chest)
Yarn: Four skeins Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Teddy Bear
Modifications: Very few. I made this two inches longer than the pattern called for (one inch above the waist, one inch below) to accommodate my height. I also worked a row of single crochet around the neck (in place of picking up and knitting 300+ stitches and then binding them all off again after one row, as the pattern called for), and around the armholes, to close them up a little. And yes, I did redo the kitchener seam at the shoulder, for those who are keeping track.

I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but I got sort of side-tracked by all the spinning and didn't get around to taking a picture until today. I loved knitting this. The pattern was delightful and the yarn was a dream. Sadly, I don't think I'll wear it much. The style is not terribly versatile, which I knew before I started. In addition, although I made the smallest size, I find it a little big and shapeless. I think this design really needs to be worn by someone with a bit more of a "front porch" to give it some shape. If you like the design and you're curvy, and not too short, I highly recommend this one.

16 comments:

MelissaKnits said...

that is very lovely! I wish I were taller. I somehow think 4'11 may be too short for it.

Oh, wait. I am online. I think maybe I am 5'6" today....

Bea said...

Well, I think you look very elegant in it! It is crazy to me that the small is a 37" chest, not so great for gals like us who have not so big front porches :D

Lydee said...

It's gorgous! I love it! It looks so pretty on you!

Kristin said...

i really love it! i think it's lovely on you but if you don't feel good in it, then you likely won't wear it.
good knitting!

Kim said...

So beautiful! I'd have to go with the small as I have more of front stoop than a front porch.

sophanne said...

It's the front yard just below the front stoop that makes me know it would be a maternity sweater on me, but the design is lovely. Your shoulders look very Grecian and you make it seem so very easy to do.

Sharon said...

You did a beautiful job on the sweater. Taller and chestier, whatchoo talkin' bout? You totally rock the design. I'm very impressed.

janet said...

Super pretty sweater. What do you mean you don't think you'll ever wear it? It doesn't deserve to put away with the 80's pile. Turqouise mohair and cable girl would be way too jealous. That sweater is perfect for summer and it looks great on you. I hope I see you wearing it today.

Sarah said...

Front Porch—love that description. I would fall under the small front porch category myself.

diana said...

Very, very nice!

The_Add_Knitter said...

How funny, in French it's called 'the balcony'! Your FO is fantastic, you look like a Greek Goddess!!

uberstrickenfrau said...

Hmm, I'm 5'8" but have a bit of pooch, I mean porch. I think my bat wings would scare people. heh.
But it looks good, I wasn't that impressed with it in the mag but in real life it looks good! Hey, thanks for the book suggestion, gonna look it up and put it on hold!

Romi said...

Wow. You look totally amazing in that. Well done!

Quail Hill Knits said...

What can I saw but -----awesome!
And I think it looks stunning on you!

Karen said...

I think it came out great and it looks very nice on you!

Stephanie said...

That is beautiful! I think I already have it in my queue, however if it isn't, I'm adding it.