Week 11: Pattern alterations and socks

I am still fighting that stupid cold, but at least my schedule has freed up a bit.


I went at the front of that cardigan pattern like Edward Scissorhands this week, enough so that I thought I’d actually post the alterations:


It’s a shame I didn’t quite catch the left edge. Great composition skills there. So that addition at the bottom is the original four-inch lengthening that I did to get the waistline to the right point while I was at my mom’s. Because I also needed to lengthen the armscythe, I decided to split the difference and add 2 inches at the armscythe and turn the 4 inches into 2 at the lengthen/shorten line. Hopefully that doesn’t come back to bite me in the ass. I added the same amount to the sleeve and redrew the sleeve cap to match, so I don’t think I’m missing anything there, but I’ve never really had to alter the sleeve substantially before, so… *fingers crossed*

I sort of guesstimated how much wider it needed to be to adjust for the bust, and went with another even 2 inches, because why not. But I didn’t want to affect the shoulder seam length, so I wedged it out and cut through that section above the lengthen/shorten addition and going to the side seam, which you can see has overlapped those a bit. I also couldn’t quite get the shoulder seam 100% closed up and keep the pattern flat, so I went ahead and redrew the seam where it naturally fell when everything was nice and flat.

Lastly, I didn’t want to add two inches to the back in order to make the side seams match, and I didn’t think I was quite safe to slice through my addition and close it all the way up at the side seam, so I reduced it down to 7/8s of an inch, and then added that to the back piece as well.

This is kind of a lot of pattern adjustments and I’m way more nervous about them than I sound, haha. I’m sincerely hoping that because it’s all in knit fabric, it should be forgiving of the fact that I’m estimating numbers all over the place and barely know what I’m doing.


I am really close to that toe decrease point. Every time I try the sock on to check it looks like four more rows, but I’ve done “just four more rows” three times now, haha.

Who doesn’t love a manila envelope?

I’m counting this goal as “achieved” because yeah, it’s super close. And I have a whole lot of yarn left! I’m pretty excited to weigh the socks and the yarn when both are done and see if I can squeeze another pair out of it.

Goals for next week:

  • Finish the socks
  • Cut out fabric
  • Start sewing? I don’t even know what the first step is, but hopefully I can at least finish step 1 from the instructions before Mass Effect comes out on… crap, tomorrow night? Um….

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