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Finished: Modified Minisweater

The sun came out for about five minutes yesterday evening so Thunky and I tore out to the back yard to get some pics of the minisweater. A half hour later it was hailing.


The Specs:
-Pattern: Minisweater, by Stephanie Japel, free pattern from Glampyre
-Yarn: Cascade 220
-Skeins: 1.5 skeins in Celery (9407)
-Needles: size 8 circs
-Start to finish: May 6 - May 17
-For: Me

The Mods:
I wanted mine to look like Diana's so I left off the triangle edging and omitted the puffy sleeve increases. I also liked Diana's overlapping fronts, so I did that too (which was good, because if I hadn't wanted it to overlap I would have had to leave out the front increases entirely since the thing would have met in front just fine without them). I also changed the number of CO stitches to reflect my tighter worsted gauge...I think that's it.

The Minisweater Experience:
This thing practically knitted itself. For a while I suspected that Thunk was sneaking in rows, but he denies it. It's quick, it's cute, and the pattern is infinitely adaptable. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

The Buttons: The buttons were a pain. I thought I had the perfect vintagey ones picked out but they were all wrong (they stood out too much...it looked like my sweater was glaring back at me out of the mirror). I went out and got some nice matchy-matchy ones on Tuesday night and then I realized that this seemingly symmetrical sweater refuses to sit flat on one side (the left side there between the button and the edging). I have sewn and resewn both buttons and still it continues to taunt me.

I'm not quite sure what to do about this...I know if I wear it I’ll be constantly fiddling with my top. Any suggestions? I'm at a complete loss here. I'm thinking of just sewing it all together (buttons just for show) and pulling it on over my head.


Final Verdict: Um, I don't know yet? I like it right after it's been adjusted and looks all friendly (see pictures) but five minutes later when it's all bunched up on one side I want to throw it on the ground and jump up and down on it. I'm reserving judgment until I figure out the fasteners.

p.s. It's thundering and hailing again.


hey, i love the mods you chose. I like yours much better than the original.

great work!

Elli, it is SO super cute on you!! I love the color and the modifications. Hope you'll like it more with time!

It turned out great! I bet its nice in the Cascade too.. one of my favorite yarns. Sewing it together could work; with mine, it helped to only button the outer button.

So cute! I want to make one.. need to figure out gauge though. How about velcro? ;)

That is really pretty and you did a great job on it. You've given me an idea because I think it might also look cute if it continued down as a sweater with buttons as well.

it does look lovely when it behaves :)

I love it! You always choose such good colours. Maybe you could try moving the button so it had a bit more room, and it might not bunch up so much?

this sweater looks so cute!

Sew it together. Plenty of space to pull it over your head.

I love it, especially the two buttons. On mine, when I got to that part, I didn't know what to do. I ended up doing a hook in the inside and button outside. I wish I had thought to add a buttonhole. Oh well, always in retrospect... I also stalked Diana's blog when I was making mine. Yours is great, I hope you enjoy it.

Great color and modifications (much better without the puffy sleeves). Is it riding up on the left side (I'm having trouble visualizing the asymmetry)? Maybe it needs to be longer?

Love the colour! Can't really advise on the buttons 'cos I'm crap with buttons.

It is a really cute sweater, especially in that color. The only problem I could see with sewing it together would be getting it off on your own. Those little mini shirt tend to make for getting stuck. At least in my experience.

oh wow! that's so cute. Love the green and peachy red combo.

Your minisweater is so pretty! I love the color your chose. I'm inspired to make one myself!

That is super cute Elli! I wish I could pull something like that off.

mmmm...do I smell curry? See you Saturday night!

That turned out super cute, hope you figure out the bunching problem.

I love it, and I'm sad to hear you're not completely in love with it. I fully identify with how you feel and hopefully you've found a way to get over that.

Do you think the fact that she had a hidden button helped with the issue you're having?
Just a thought.

Such a charming top! I'm sorry to hear that the buttons are such an issue-- there's nothing worse than a top that constantly needs adjusting. I think sewing it down sounds like a good solution.

My verdict is it looks absolutely amazing! You did a great job!!!!

Geez, where the heck do you live? Hail?! Sheesh! I've been in nice, sunny, warm weather for awhile now, so I can't relate! Anyway, I love your minisweater! I really like the two little symmetrical buttons, tes chic. It's a success!

The sweater is adorable! And it looks great on you.

That's totally cute. Good luck with the buttons. Bummer about your weather, though.

inspired by your lovely minisweater, i have cast on for one...i was wondering, did you follow the pattern and use m1 for your increases? this still-novice knitter is struggling with this particular increase...i keep getting holes! i hope they will even out as i continue, or if perhaps you used a different increase? i really like the way yours turned out! thanks!

Love your top and what a beautiful finish. I think my daughters would each like one.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your knitting.