But, there is a Tale of Two Necklines to be told...
Ostensibly, I finished knitting this while I was on vacation in Vermont last week. So this sweater really does take only about a week to knit. I tried it on and it fit. It's positively squishy and cozy. Hooray.
When I returned home, I actually wove in the ends and tweaked the seaming under the arms, then I started the Great Button Sewing Extravaganza of 2012 on the eyes. Yeah, if I never sew another button onto anything for 50 years, it will still be too soon. But, I think they look great. I didn't block it because, well, it doesn't really need it. So I tried it on again and noticed that while the sweater "fit," I felt that the neckline was, indeed, too wide. Since I have narrow shoulders and stupid, big boobs, garments tend to pull off my shoulders very easily. So this sweater was no exception. I would have been fussing with my bra straps constantly whenever wearing this, which would compel me NOT to wear it at all. And thus it would become a dreaded "waste-of-time knitting project." I am trying to avoid those. COUGH COUGH --- pinwheel sweater --- COUGH COUGH. (I WILL finish that mother-humper, then burn it in effigy, I swear).
Since I didn't block it, I was able to tink back to just before the ribbing and reduce the neckline. Here's what I did:
round 1: reduce stitches by 4
round 2: knit
round 3: reduce by another 4
round 4: knit 34, place marker, wrap and turn, purl back, wrap and turn, knit to end of round (adding a little more height to the back --- remember my boobs are evil dumbbell weights)
round 5: knit
round 6: begin 2 x 2 ribbing to end.
So you can probably see in the photos above that the neckline on the left is wider than the one on the right. It looks so much better now and it is truly comfortable to wear --- on all levels --- as it should be (no self-consciousness about the bra straps). Seriously, this sweater looks 1000 times better ON than it does on the hanger. Todd is a lousy photographer, so I never get any decent photos of me wearing anything. Someday...someday....