Honestly, it's a fast, easy knit, perfect for August doldrums. I've focused on mods, especially differential waist shaping, meaning that I've made the back one shape and the front another. You know how most sweaters are shaped like this?
Given that almost every knitting pattern uses this shape most people must be; perhaps you are, too. But I am not. There's not a rectangle or square on my whole damn body! So I'm making a sweater that I (think, hope, and pray) matches my shape.
As you can see, the front is narrower through the hips but wider at the armscye, giving more room for my bustiness in the front. I'm hoping this resolves the issue I had with the Laura Petrea. By adding an inch or two at the front, the sweater should fit better through the bust and make armscye flow better without pulling out of shape.
By narrowing the upper back, the extraneous fabric at my waist hopefully disappears. Given how well the sweater fits my dress form, this appears to be the case. I shortened the armhole depth to 11 inches to eliminate extra fabric at my waist, too.
Last week, I stumbled across a wonderful button vendor on Etsy, BeckySueCreations. I bought these buttons for the Deb's Cardigan I'm starting (this KAL begins September 10). But when I received these buttons, I knew they were made for the Under Toad. Becky Sue created these using polymer clay so they're incredibly light and won't weigh down the plackets and buttonholes. I love them! I bought two other sets of buttons from her, too. More on those in an upcoming blog post.
To sum up, my remaining tasks on the Under Toad include:
- Finishing the second front
- Knitting the hood
- Knitting the ribbing around the hood and the plackets
- Seaming and finishing