This is my Sylvine cardigan. I knit it up in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the saffron colorway and I absolutely loved the yoke detail with the chevron lace. This sweater immediately sang to me when I started it. Top down, like I enjoy, and plenty of detail to keep me interested.

I hesitated around the stockinette edgings, fearing they would curl too much. Others had the same thoughts and opted for moss stitch button bands and neck bands. I should have done the same, but decided to follow the pattern to a T, in spite of my reservations.

And I hate the finished product. It’s ill fitting. It’s uncomfortable. The sleeves are tight. The body is too long. It is meant to be knit with negative ease, and boy, is that true. The edgings curl, like I thought they would, despite some serious blocking sessions.

It has to be frogged. I can’t let this sweater sit, never quite finished (I didn’t waste my time putting buttons on, though I did buy some), with that gorgeous saffron tosh just crying out to be shown off. I have never frogged a sweater that was completely finished and BO.

Looking for advice. Hard, easy? Should I just unravel and knit a new project as I am unraveling. Please help!

4 responses to “sylvine.”

  1. I have never unraveled a whole project myself, but I think it will feel great when you’ve done it, especially when you know that you never gonna wear that card! Good luck 😉

    1. Thank you so much! I fear it won’t actually happen for awhile.

  2. I’ve done this before. I found that I had to tuck the project away for a long while until I had decided what I wanted to make with the harvested yarn. I wouldn’t recommend knitting a new project from the garment, though… I’ve done this, too, and my gauge was completely wonky as a result. When I unravel my next failed sweater (tucked away in a box as I write, waiting to be unraveled), I will definitely wash the kinks out of the yarn before diving in.

    1. great tips sheeena! thanks! i’ll let you know how long it sits before I do something with it.

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