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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
A rant - designers beware
After finding out the sex of our new babe, I really felt the need to start knitting a sweater. I remembered I had a credit at my LYS so off I went. I knew I wanted to make one sweater from a previous pattern of mine. The baby sock sweater out of this yarn on the left:
and then I saw the pretty yarn on the right.
I figured that I'd find a pattern online or in a book to make use of it.
I searched and searched for a raglan sweater pattern in worsted weight that is NOT a v-neck (necks need to be covered up in a Maine winter after all). I found a ton of patterns but no worsted. I turned to my library of books. Bingo! A Debbie Bliss Raglan sweater. I sat down to read the pattern....
What the hell!?!!?
Excuse me Debbie and all other designers out there that do this. Why the hell do you find the need to make things more complicated then they need to be. A raglan sweater should be easy and NOT, I repeat, NOT, a pieced sweater. Is there something against knitting things in the round with minimal finishing? It's a teeny tiny baby sweater for F's sake. Why oh why does it need to be made in 4 seperate pieces? Why?!?!?!? *These were all words that I said out loud and either husbeast was ignoring me or thought better to stay out of it. I might have scared the poor guy. Actually, I probably scare him on a daily basis these days*
I understand the use of this technique if the sleeves are a different color or something like that. You designers that write those patterns are off the hook. But frankly the rest of you are trying to make too much work for me. Why can't you do it all in one piece? Well, that's what I've done folks. I know someone will probably have an urge to reply to this post with a link to an online pattern, DON'T. I don't need that kind of agravation at this point. I made my own sweater and I wrote up the pattern to share.
Just click the photo to see a bigger picture and to get to the pattern.
It's nothing earth shattering but it's the pattern that I wanted.