Just before the final steps I decided the whole sweater was too short and I ripped back. Before the moment where I took the scissors to the top of the collar, however, there was a 72 hour stretch where I alternately talked myself out of and into redoing so much work.
I would slip the sweater on and it looked too short — it wasn’t as long as the hems of the type of shirt I normally wear. Then I would think about the amount of work it would take, look in the mirror again and decide it was good enough. Give it four hours and thought process would start all over again. The thing fueling my desire to go ahead and finish a sweater I didn’t quite like was that I’ve decided, thanks to Ravely, to make my next sweater the Central Park Hoodie, which, lucky me, only recently became available as a pattern to buy online. I’ll be using the Berroco Comfort yarn, which is soft and seems very warm, and it’s been pretty cold around here, and I was looking forward to tackling some cables, and etc.
But in the interest of not becoming a knitter with a pile of unfinished sweater parts, the ends of the yarn flopping about forlornly, I instead ripped back the body to just before the armhole shaping starts. It is particularly disheartening to take a sweater shaped object all the way back to a rectangle shape. It wasn’t until after I undid all that work that I checked to make sure I had enough yarn to lengthen the sweater and rework the tops and collar. I’m smart like that. But I’ve been listening to the advice of my fore-knitters and bought lots of extra yarn and I have three full balls still, plenty.
After the Central Park Hoodie I’m planning on making Chicknit’s Twist. I think I like the Twist even better than the Central Park Hoodie, but decided to make the Twist second because the cables are more complex and the shaping around the waist seems a little more challenging. I’ve only done cables once, and not very seriously. But if you’re looking at both projects, I suspect the Twist’s shaping makes it a better looking sweater overall.