I have suffered the slings of self-directed arrows regarding the former fit of my knitting endeavors. Realizing that all things knit B.J.W. (before Jean Wong) were far inferior to what was possible, I was a bit discouraged about knitting after Madrona. The yarn I had chosen for the fitted pullover for which we had drawn a pattern is half alpaca, half bamboo, sure to stretch uncontrollably. This would not (I advised myself) be a good test of my fitted pattern.
Since I couldn’t guarantee that I could find another, less drapey yarn, that had the exact same gauge, I was forced to redraw parts of my pattern in order to figure out the exact decreases/increases needed to shape the garment. Since I had to redraw the pattern, I might as well use a totally different gauge, right? Right. So I chose to use the new Blackwater Abbey jumperweight in the color Purple Heather. I adore BWA yarn. It is good, honest wool and has beautiful depth and definition.
So, using the Ondule pattern from Knitspot, I altered it to fit me, according to the rules of Ms. Wong. Here is a picture of how the back armhole curve is supposed to be:
And here is a picture of how the back armhole curve actually is:
I couldn’t be more pleased! A small statue of St. Jean will be placed right alongside St. Judith.
Here is the whole back so far:
There was still the red yarn to be used, though, and its softness is entirely opposite of the sturdiness of the BWA. I chose a reversible brioche cable pattern I found on Ravelry and now I switch between the two when I am alternately tired of hardness or cushy softness.