The whole point of making this sweater was to test the hypothesis that a shorter sweater would be more becoming on me than a longer one. I think this view makes me look thinner and less hippy than anything else I've ever made. Black bottoms sure help, too.
The photo from the back doesn't do the cardigan justice because it should have been pulled down and adjusted prior to picture taking. I added back shaping and an inch of short rows to make the back fit better. These efforts would have been more effective if the waist shaping hit at my waist. As it is, it's hits too low; yet again, I need to move the waist up. I had the same issue with my Waltham.
Now for the good news and the bad news. First the good. By adding that extra inch of short rows in the back, I come closer to evening up the hemline so that my sweater doesn't ride up in the back. It still pitches a little but I think if I'd pulled down the back even a little, the sweater would be even. Next time, I'll do an inch and a half of short rows and see if it does the trick.
Now the bad news, which I don't even need to tell you because you already know yourself. Wow, does my belly show. ACK. And my weird hips are very apparent, too. I think the lighting in this shot doesn't do me any favors but it does underscore my conundrum with sweater length.
My conclusion on the sweater length issue is this: I need two different kinds of sweaters. If I'm wearing a skirt or dresses, I should wear a short, fitted top that fits almost like a medieval bodice. If I'm wearing jeans, I need a longer sweater along the lines of my Handstrikket.
When I post better pics, I'll show you the pretty lace along the sleeves and back, and I'll model my Laura Petrea in a skirt (and wash and dry my hair, too). As always, I'll also post a formal lessons learned. But all in all, I think Amy Herzog's Petrea sure is pretty in pink.
One down, 700 sweaters to go. I desperately needed some mindless knitting last night to I started the sleeve for my Undertoad - aka the Undercurrent by Lisa Kay from the latest Knitty. I knitted more than half the sleeve in an hour and a half! I wish every project moved this quickly. Of course, it's simple knitting that doesn't require concentration or constant frogging because I screwed something up. I'll be interested to see how these colors come together over the garment. We'll see. I'm thinking of making this sweater a long one since it will definitely be a companion to my jeans, but I'm still cogitating...