Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mr. not quite Greenjeans

I'm ... this... close to finishing up Mr. Greenjeans. I've finished the knitting, I just need to weave in the ends, sew on a button, then block it.
I've tried it on a couple times, but I'm not sure I like how it fits. The shoulders are just a bit too big, and the bottoms of the sleeves are a bit loose (I didn't go down a needle size like the pattern said to). But those issues might get worked out with a bit of blocking. If it doesn't fit right after blocking, I might send it to my sister - she's the same shape as me, but about one size bigger all around - so if it's loose on me it should fit her perfectly. Plus, she did ask me if I could make her a cableknit sweater. She doesn't ask much does she?

In a brilliant bit of procrastination, I managed to avoid the finishing of Mr. Greenjeans by casting on for a vest. Yes, it's cabled - the same cable pattern as Mr. Greenjeans in fact. And yes, it's pink. What can I say - I know what I like. And yes.... all knitters are allowed to laugh at me for taking 3 years to learn to cable and not being able to stop once I've started!

I'm using a pretty generic cowl-neck vest pattern, like the one I used for the deep V-neck vest I just made. But obviously I added cables. I didn't actually do the math to see if this is going to make a vest that actually fits me, but I've guestimated it. The grey vest ended up being looser than I liked, and cables tends to pull in the knitted fabric, so this will be tighter than the grey one. But then, there's ribbing, which is stretchy. So... I think the pulling in of the cables plus the stretching of the rib stitch will all balance out to a perfectly fitting vest. Yes? Of course. =P

Now I'm off to say a Hail Knitty to keep the knitting goddess from striking me down were I stand. ;)


Bezzie said...

Bonus that it will fit your sister if it doesn't fit you!

Aren't cables fun? Don't worry, it took me two years to figure that out ;-)

Soo said...

The Greenjeans looks great - fingers crossed on the fit post blocking.

Magatha said...

I am a cable nut, so it all sounds perfectly normal to me. ;-)
Your trip down Greenjeans lane has been very educational for me.

Michael5000 said...

So, I usually don't stick my nose into the knitting posts, but I have to say I've been wondering: it's not for a man. It's not green. It's not pants. Why "Mr. Greenjeans"?

Respectfully Submitted,

Rebel said...

Bezzie - cables *are* fun! And it's nice to have a sister I can (usually) trade clothes with.

soo - thanks!

Magatha - will you be casting on anytime soon??? I got hooked after watching Babbling Stacey's progress (although she seems to be stalled now).

M5K - Why do we park on a driveway and drive on the parkway? ;)

In the original pattern the designer used a yarn called "Miss Priss" in the colorway "Greenjeans" and, in her mind, that evolved into Mr. Greenjeans. I should probably come up with my own name for this sweater though.

Zonda said...

Hoping Mr. GJ's will block like you want it too :) Looks good, and I love your pink vest!! You are now a cable addict LOL! Good for you!