This is a classic example of a pattern that was not well-suited to me. The pattern is Eased (bulky version) by Alicia Plummer. Although I knit with the same yarn as the sample pattern, got gauge, and knit the size that best fit me (40.5″), it’s just not flattering. I like the top half well enough, and the drawstring neck is a cool feature, and the decreases at the waist give it some shape — good up to this point. However, when I tried it on, the increases at the hip stuck out so badly that it looked like I was a teapot, and the 5″ of ribbing at the bottom was even more unattractive.
Discouraged, I frogged all the way back to where the hip increases had first started. I skipped any further increases, knit a shorter length, and kept the ribbing at the bottom to only 3 inches. Also, I just bound off in pattern; I tried the JSSO bind-off suggested by the pattern, but it just made the bottom of the ribbing look really floppy. I am a lot happier with how it turned out the second time around, although I still think that the fit is less than flattering.
The sleeves fit fine and the length was right-on – again, I skipped the JSSO bind-off, it just wasn’t necessary. I always love Swan’s Island yarn, although I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy knitting with this bulky version as much as I’ve loved the worsted – it tended to split, and didn’t have the bounce and spring of, say, Quince & Co’s Osprey yarn. Also, based on the photo on the pattern, I thought I’d get more color variation, but instead it’s just pretty much one big block of raspberry pink.
On the upside, the sweater knit up incredibly quickly on US 11 needles. And, I used only 7 skeins of Swan’s Island Bulky (color Raspberry), instead of the 8 called for in the pattern. The sweater is comfy and cozy, and I’m sure I’ll wear it around home, but I think it’s definitely a pattern that is written to be more flattering on people with less . . . shall we say “shape” than I havePin It