FO: Kitty’s Chemise



Pattern: Kitty’s Chemise by Katya Frankel (Jane Austin Knits 2014). This was a great pattern. Super straightforward. There is one row of instructions in the Yoke section that I feel may be incorrect, or at minimum lacking required specificity, but I did some math and figured out the correct approach. For me, it required a scissor snip. Always nerve wracking!

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy. I had my doubts when I knit my swatch. The yarn just didn’t feel super soft. Now that my project is complete, my regrets are long gone. This was a good solid work house yarn at a great value. I don’t remember the cost, but I believe it was quite affordable compared to some of my other yarn choices.  I really love the color, and I love how quickly this worsted weight project whipped up.

Skeins/yards: I bought 3 skeins (4 oz, 250 yards each). I have more than half a skein left. From Ravelry, I guessed I would need 750 yards total when I bought my yarn.

Time on the needles: About a month

Mistakes: Sizing! It’s too small! I can get it on. Barely. But it is too tight around the arm holes and not incredibly comfortable to wear. For some reason, I always knit up the first size after the parenthesis. It usually work out. Note to self: not all patterns are written the same! In this case, the first size after the parenthesis was for a 34 inch bust. I must have been delusional, confusing my bust size with my bra strap diameter size. Obviously not the same thing. I think this is my subconscious pretending I am thinner and daintier than I obviously am.

{Pause while I go eat another brownie.}

I need to find a tiny friend who would wear and properly care for this lovely hand knit.

Construction approach: Seamless! Do you hear the angels harking! And with plenty of structure.

Modifications: I added an extra inch of length before dividing for the cap sleeves and yoke, just on intuition that it was too short. It is still too short. It could have used another 4 inches. Note that I am also incredibly short (only 5 ft) and purchase petite sized clothing for short people. Adding length to clothing is not something I typically have to do.

Finishing notes: The pattern called for an I-cord finish on the neck and armholes. I did a little You Tubing and figured it out without much trouble. I love the outcome! I plan to add the design element to my future projects. So clean and tidy…easy to do! It took me about two hours to do all of the I-cord work (much less time than it took me to seam my last project, so I am not complaining).

Future modifications: Adding more length.

Blocking notes: Before blocking, I would not have been able to put this baby on. It would have fit my former 11 year old self. Based on my blocked swatch, I wasn’t expecting a lot of growth. I gave it my all anyway. I SOAKED this baby. Then STRETCHED her. And PINNED her allover. It worked! Now I can at least get it on.

Overall: I am bummed I chose poorly on the sizing, but I do hope to knit this pattern again when I have time. (Ha! Maybe later this winter?) I will chose a size a few sizes up. This worsted weight tee was just such a quick knit that there is no reason not to give it another go.

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  • Reply Andi August 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the sizing on this beautiful knit. Obviously I am not the one wearing it, therefore I can’t tell if it is too tight or small but to me it looks perfect on you!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 17, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Thanks Andi. You are so sweet. A bit to snug around the arms. But I haven’t given up yet. There’s always a chance I might loose ten pounds (cough!)

  • Reply Louise August 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    That’s too bad it’s not comfy to wear. It looks like it fits you great.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 17, 2015 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Louise. Knitting tragedies are bound to strike now and again, although it could have been worse.

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