I Tried To Do It Right, I Swear

I swatched. I got gauge. I read the pattern a few times before I started. I understood the concept. I checked and rechecked all the measurements as I knit. Eventually I had the body of Apocalypta all complete and just the way the pattern said it should be. There was just one thing I didn’t count on.

The way the pattern said it should be had very little relationship to how my upper body actually is.

Now, I don’t understand the rules of a set-in sleeve, having never made a seamed sweater before, so I had no idea how to fix this. I knew two things: that the length from the bottom edge to the point where the armhole shaping started was just about right for me, so if I ripped out the whole top piece I’d be ready to approach the shoulders again, and that I owned a copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Workshop. Thus was the seamless set-in sleeve Apocalypta born.

And it was good.

Aside from the sleeves, not much else needed to change. The only other mod I made was to accommodate my waist. I cast on for the 36″ size, worked waist shaping down to the 38″ numbers, then increased back to the 36″ bust. (I am not so hourglassy as all that.)

If I were to knit this again, I would add probably 2″ to the body as well, but because of the sleeve mods it was tough to accurately judge the length until I had the whole thing done. I’m happy enough with the length.

‘Cause it shows off my sweet, sweet ass, you know?

I’m pretty happy with the details, too.

Like the arm details.

And the neckline details.

Basically, just everything about this sweater makes me happy, happy, happy.

Pattern: Apocalypta by Amy Herzog
Berroco Seduce, which I am all kinds of in love with
Needles: 4mm/US 6 KP Harmony interchangeables & DPNs
Started: August 14, 2012
Finished: October 6, 2012

11 thoughts on “I Tried To Do It Right, I Swear

    1. I figured, especially since this is such a loose-knit fabric, there just didn’t need to be that much of a chance folks would catch some nipple every time I wore this.

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