Sunday, November 1, 2009

Georgie

Georgie is finally done! I am so excited to move on to something else, but I am also happy to finally be wearing it.

I finished the knitting late on Friday night and started the seaming on Saturday morning, worked on it again during nap time, and finished it last night after trick or treating while my husband went to get some much needed Thai food.



I love the pattern, but I hated knitting and seaming with cotton. Is it me or is cotton not as forgiving as wool? This was my first time seaming with it, and I thought it looked awful to be honest. I blocked it and thought that would help, but it didn't.
I decided to rip out the hood seam and the arm seams which were awful. I did them over and the second time around wasn't much better. I decided to stop focusing on it and just enjoy the new sweater.
I am sure after time I won't even notice some of the Frankenstein stitching.
I hope.









The hood in the back is oversized, to say the least. I wanted to do something with all the extra fabric, so I put a button under the collar so I could wear it closed sometimes. I saw that someone else on Ravelry did the same thing with a pin and that looks amazing.




The Details:
Yarn: Knitpicks Organic Cotton, sport weight, 12 balls. I have to say that this yarn broke a lot while seaming. I blocked the sweater by putting it on the hand wash cycle in the machine, and the yarn broke in two places and left a huge run. I was able to fix it, but I wasn't pleased.
I does look and feel great after blocking though.
Size: 36
Mods: Nothing, except for the added button.
Tips on seaming with cotton? Please share.







34 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

This is LOVELY. Can't help you on the seaming - i try to avoid it at all costs, but seriously a very pretty sweater! You'll get a lot of use out of it, that is for sure....
Kris

hooli said...

Very charming.

stitching under oaks said...

very nice! You'll get lots of wear out of that sweater. I love the versatility of the collar! Great job!

martha - ca knitter said...

The sweater came out beautiful. I don't see any flaws at all and it looks great with the scarf and boots. :-)

Gigi said...

Oh, I love your Georgie -- looks great!
A while back, I made the 'Slouchy Cardigan' with cotton and had the same trouble with seaming -- just doesn't have the same give & sproing as wool, does it? I'm afraid I had "Frankenstein" (LOL) stitching too. Could not do mattress stitch seaming on that cotton to save my life, so just ended up with somewhat untidy backstitch seams -- another learning experience for me ;-).
Blessings,
Georganna

Linda said...

TOTALLY Cute! I think I like yours better than the one in the book. It turned out really nice.

kim said...

It looks so elegant on you! You look like you stepped off a movie scene. No one is going to notice the seaming. I don't do well with cotton either. If there are tricks, I'd sure like to know what they are.

Renee said...

It's Lovely!!

Pam said...

It looks it great. Congrats on finishing it. I cannot imagine knitting with cotton. I have a sweater my mom made me out of cotton years ago. She said it was very very difficult.

Your sweater is beautiful. I hope you enjoy it. I wonder, could it be knit with wool?

Best wishes.

lera said...

Beautiful. And it looks lovely on you.

Jessica said...

I just love it!!!!

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

you have done a great job..it looks fabulous...seaming cotton, (my mum the avid knitter always says)....block it, seam it and send it to the dry cleaners before wearing...works a treat...(i dont know whether its because you stop looking at it for a few days, or you give the problem to someone else to sort out, but it always comes back looking perfect!!).xx

Maryse said...

Finishing IS a lot of work! Your Goergie is superb! I hope it will keep you warm this fall. Congratulations!

crochetgurl said...

Wow, it looks amazing on you! Love the other clothes/accessories that go with it too! :-)

Knitterella said...

I love it! Looks great on you - I need to get that book!

44 Clovers said...

That looks really amazing. Your right that cotton is not as forgiving as wool. What size needles did you use? I can't wait to see it in person.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

First i want to say it looks gorgeous on you! But I also hate knitting/seaming/anything with cotton or acrylic. It doesn't seem to do what you want ever and it has no give.

The Slop Queen said...

Your sweater looks great!!

Re: Cotton, I've decided I don't much like using it. It is not your imagination - I too have found the stuff to be harder on my hands to knit with and it isn't as springy or forgiving as wool.

elliebelle said...

Gorgeous! The drape of the sweater is just lovely on you. I love to see all the sweaters you create. I am hoping one of these days to actually finish one of the two I have started! :)

Hilary said...

Oh my goodness, that sweater is BEEYOOTEEFUL! I mean really...just gorgeous. Great color, great fit, and I see no trace of wonky seaming. I have had the same trouble with cotton...so I just don't use it very much. I think I've only made one adult-sized garment with it, and that was a short-sleeved top knit all in the round. I can see how seaming a whole sweater would be difficult. But honestly, I doubt anyone but you will notice. Everyone else will be distracted by how fabulous it looks on you!

Katie F. said...

Great job on the sweater! I love it.

Also, where the heck did you get those boots? They're fantastic!

Estella said...

It looks fantastic! Brava!

Lori said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!

FinnyKnits said...

It looks beautiful, but I hear your pain with cotton. It's totally brutal. It forgives nothing and won't do what it's told.

Good job getting it all finished though - as my grandma would say - wear it in good health :)

lucky knitter said...

Oh, Georgis looks fantstic! Right out of the Anthropologie catalog!

Lisa said...

Just came from Team Knit-WOW! Your knits are to die for and so inspiring!

Carolyn said...

I love your Georgie. You look great in it. Your boots are to die for cute too. All in all, you're very fashionable I'd say!

Kimberly said...

I absolutely love it! What a perfect cozy sweater for the mild weather that we get here in the pacific northwest.
Great job!
xx

Alison said...

I love, love, LOVE, drapey sweaters! It looks fabulous on you!
Happy knitting-
ali

a friend to knit with said...

oh, katie! it looks amazing!
i do find cotton to be less forgiving then wool....
but i bet you are the only one that notices those seams... and perhaps they don't even bother you now!

Nantucket Dreams said...

looks good to me! i am sure the only one who notices the seaming is you!

Journeying Five said...

love your sweater, love your porch!

UK lass in US said...

It looks stunning. Exactly the kind of cardie that I want to have, but am too lazy to attempt and too short to fit any store-bought options...

tiennie said...

I love this! Perfect for fall days!