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I need therapy after knitting “Therapi”

You guys might remember a while back I talked about working on the Therapi sweater Here.

Well, now i’ve given up, which is not something I do lightly with a project- especially one like this that i’ve put a whole lot of time, effort, and frustration into. I copied all my mods off my Ravelry Project Page and i’m going to be adding them here (probably with a little bit of commentary!) just in case anyone wants to use them (God bless you if you do) or realize this sweater will probably put you IN therapy, rather than BE therapy.

MODS for Medium Size of Therapi Sweater:

After you divide the sleeves from the yoke, the pattern does not match up!

How to make the yoke pattern transition into the body pattern after separating for the sleeves:

  • (RS) Purl 1 row, CO 3 sts under each arm (inc 6 total)
  • (WS) Knit 1 row

Body pattern changes to the following:
Row 1:k4 (p3,k3) until the last 7 sts, p3, k4
Row 2:p4 (k3,p3) until the last 7 sts, k3,p4
Rows 3&4 repeat rows 1&2
Row 5: Work as for row 2
Row 6: Work as for row 1
Rows 7&8: Repeat rows 5&6

Repeat these 8 rows

~I only knit the body for 21 inches from the underarm- it’s quite long enough, and will likely stretch with wear!

When picking up sts for the sleeves,pick up 3- they will automatically fit in the “sleeve pattern” st pattern, which should be begun immediately

-Knit Sleeve Basket weave pattern for 23 blocks (11.5 repeats), or until about 2” before desired sleeve length
{-Next Round: p around -Next Round: k around}
Repeat between { and } to create 2 garter ridges.

Work cuff:
k1,p1, around

*Just so you all know, this cuff is still way to wide to actually be tight on my wrist, or probably even my upper arm! This is the point at which I decided I didn’t want to mod anymore. I don’t even like this sweater anymore! If I was going to actually spend the time working on this, i’d say the cuff probably needs to be about 30-40% less sts than the pattern calls for

~Yardage recommendations are definitely off- at about 5 inches from the bottom of the body, and i’ve already used approximately 750 yds for the medium size.

 

Ok. So you see how much modding has gone into this one sweater that I no longer care to wear. Please notice that I didn’t even attempt to work on the collar. I’d like to say, I respect a designer’s process, and I respect that making multiple sizes is difficult, and that I have not published a multiple sized sweater pattern.

But! I do believe that when you write a pattern it should make a beautiful product in the simplest way possible. If the goal is to make an item that can be reproduced by as many people as possible, don’t make it difficult and make sure your stitch patterns at least line up! The way I wrote these mods out could just as easily have been written into the sweater pattern, and changes it so that someone who has less knitting experience would more easily be able to work this pattern up. Maybe it’s not 100% mathematically perfect, but it’s user friendly and simple.

I can not remember the last time I quit on a sweater pattern. I even re-knit (and modded, check out my Project Page) an Isis Tailcoat by knitting the following:

Lower body: 1
Body: 2
Right front: 3
Left front: 3
Collar: 1

Does that look like someone who quits on sweaters? Nope! And yet here I am.

I’m going to go engage in some yarn therapy now and dream of clear sweater patterns.

Maybe I’ll just start designing my own patterns…

 

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Regarding why Ruth should only make vests.. and perhaps small puffy things

I love handknit sweaters. Love. I find them fascinating to make, look at, and all around enjoy… at least that’s what I always tell myself when I cast one on!

The body goes well, and I love seeing the progress, which usually goes fairly quickly, and then I get to the sleeves.

Someone remind me why I knit sweaters again?

This is what it’s supposed to look like:

The wonderful Therapi Sweater by Stefanie Japel

Here is what it currently looks like:

Notice the difference?

No sleeves! (Or collar, but i’ll get to that)

Off to force myself to knit sleeves, when what I really want to do is make a million hexipuffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt

Like so: