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Well, kids, here it is.  After 5 months of on-and-off knitting, the pleated top is finally finished.  This sweater was a long labor of love, stress, and tears.  This was my first experience knitting with lace-weight yarn, and its delicateness has certainly provided me with, shall we say, many lessons in patience and problem solving.

There are so many things I love about this sweater, in particular, the tiny pleats on the sleeves, as well as the pleating at the bust…

And I love the beautifully ethereal way the light filters through the cobweb-like yarn…

The sweater fits more like a tunic than a baby doll, even though I knit to gauge and blocked to measurements.  The pattern calls for Swarovski crystals along the neckline, but I left them off because I want the ability to dress the sweater up or down as needed.  It looks equally nice paired with a skirt as it does paired with jeans.

Let’s talk a little bit about the bottom hem.  After weaving in the last end on Wednesday, I immediately began taking pictures of my gorgeous new sweater.  I was jubilant that the sweater was finally finished; basking in all of the hard work that had gone into creating the now finished product.  It was, oh, about 4-5 minutes into the photographing that I noticed the bottom of the sweater had loose stitches.  Upon further frenzied inspection, I discovered that something had caught the delicate yarn, right in the middle front of the hem and ripped my cast-on edge OPEN.  The sweater was literally unraveling.

To say that I wanted to cry is also a gross understatement.  Readers, it could have gotten very, very ugly at that moment, but for the love of all things Elizabeth Zimmerman – I did not shed a tear.  I went into the studio, closed the door and worked through the crisis as best I could, trying to salvage the now ruined stitches along the hem.  I was in there a long time, trying to figure out what I was going to do to fix the problem.  My hubby kept peeking in on me, no doubt to make sure I hadn’t stabbed myself with a knitting needle.  Finally, he came into the studio and said “Okay.  So what are we dealing with here?” And he began to troubleshoot knitting with me.

This is why I love my husband.

After a few minutes of throwing out suggestions, he brilliantly said “Why don’t you just shorten it?”  It was then that I had an epiphany!  I had plenty of room in the length, so I bound off all of the loose stitches, secured the torn yarn with some creative knotting and felting, then turned the garter-stitch border up inside the sweater and hand-sewed a new hem all the way around.  It is not as perfect as I would have liked, but sometimes there is only so much one can do.

But despite its imperfections, I am still in love with it.  This was an enormously personal project for me, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

Here are the project details:

Have a great weekend, knitters! ~J

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