Jul 30, 2012

WIP: Westwood Blouse

I've made great progress on my Westwood Blouse and can see how versatile this top will be once the cool weather returns.  Since I knit it in BFL sport weight, this piece will be great for layering under a jacket or cardigan while being versatile for days that are cool but not cold, warm but not hot.




I had hoped to stay true to the pattern but it wasn't meant to be.  I had to modify the lace section above the bust area as the stitch design just didn't work regardless of how many times I tried to master the technique.  Calling for a combination of p3tog and YOs, I kept dropping stitches and/or wrestling with them on the next row. I promise I made at least four attempts to get this right -- frogging back each time I struggled -- but in the end, I was so fed up that I stopped following the pattern at this point and improvised.


I'm pleased with the simple slip stitch, YO, combination that I came up with instead and like the way this looks.




It still has an open weave, lattice design which is probably a bit more dense than what the pattern called for, but I think it works and looks faithful to the original.


I don't know about you but it seems to me that a lot of knitters modify patterns whether it's because of personal preferences or because of fiddly errors or complexities.  Is this something that you've noticed, too?

12 comments:

  1. Wow, that was really quick!

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  2. I have definitely modified stitch patterns to make it less fiddly, but not always to such a great success. You go, girl!

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  3. I think once knitters gain confidence they often prefer to modify every aspect of a pattern, taking it as a guide rather than a set of strict instructions. It's very rare I knit a thing exactly as the pattern specifies, and I mostly resort to designing my own pieces. I like the look of your modified stitch :D

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  4. Your adaptation looks great! Well done you! P3tog can be really hard to get the needles around. In the past, I've resorted to using a cable needle to do them rather than my regular needle - seems to provide more flexibility! I don't think there is a single garment pattern that I knit faithfully to instructions (with the possible exception of shawls)... there's always a minor mod (or major!) in there somewhere.

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  5. I don't think of patterns as strict guidelines rather I treat them as suggestions to making the project MINE.

    Evelyn, your blouse is looking GREAT. You will be so happy this Fall wearing the wonderful color and keeping warm.

    hugs

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  6. Sometimes modifications have to happen! And in this case it still looks good :)

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  7. I hate p3togs!! how impossible are they! Its looking lovely, your mod is going to be gorgeous!

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  8. To me, it seems mostly b/c of personal preferences. I usually knit the pattern the way it's supposed to first so I can get an idea of how it works and then be able to say I tried it and didn't like a technique.
    That colorway has such character. It's awesome! Glad you figured out an alternative.

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  9. girlfriend you are a fast knitter! it looks fabulous!! can't wait to see it on!

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  10. I agree, you're so fast! It's going to be lovely when you're done! I can't wait to see.

    btw - have you seen this: http://www.purlbee.com/cap-sleeve-lattice-top/
    very similar to the westwood pattern... I love both!

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  11. I love this pattern and your color choice is so pretty. When i was a new knitter, i used to give up on things if I couldn't get a stitch just right. That was before I knew about Ravelry. Now, I get so much advice on modifying from other knitters that I rarely stick to pattern, and I think it strengthens my understanding of knitting to use a plan B.

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  12. I love how you changed the lace pattern. I think it shows the skill of a knitter if they can look at a problem like that and find a whole new solution!

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