Pack it in, it’s done!
It actually fits perfectly without the two extra sets of boxes, so it would have been HUGE with them! I steam blocked it, but plan on wetblocking it to gain some softness and drape. When I wear it, it stands out from the body and looks too stiff.
I’m pleased with it overall and glad to have this box wrapped up! Groan!
I have been working on my Boxes Drape Vest for the past few weeks — it is a LOT of knitting! But my goal is to finish it before embarking on anything new, so I plod onward.
Lettie agreed to try it on for me and the saucy minx was bra-less! Jeez, Lettie, cover up that boob!
And from the back:
I tried it on, too, and I think it will fit. I wanted to have the “racer-back” look of the original (see picture below) because it looked so fantastic on my friend Beth. This sounds good in theory, but presented a few issues. The armhole opening is quite small and since the opening orients more to the back (making the back narrow and racer-like) the fronts bunch at the front armhole. I made my armholes wider, putting the extra space BEFORE the armhole placement in the pattern. I added 12 rows to the opening. Mayhaps too much, though it still presses against my arm in the front a little bit. It made the armhole opening a little large for my taste. I added 4 rows of 2×2 ribbing around the armhole opening (not in the original pattern) and it did help. Blocking the center back a little wider will also help.
Another issue is that I am running out of yarn. I bought 6 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd’s Worsted, color Hermosa — it was all they had. I found one more skein and thought, “Woo Hoo! I can add an extra set of boxes to make it longer!” Wrong, over-confident one! At the center back, I had used up all of the 4th skein of 7. That means I would need 8 to complete it as is. So, I will knit with my 3 remaining skeins until I run out of yarn. Then I will cut off the first half, more or less splitting the difference, add some length to side 2 to make them equal, and then reknit the ribbing on side 1. It will involve a little extra work, but after trying it on, it is too long now anyway. What a maroon!