My Aran Wrap is finally done! Woo Hoo! It needs to finish drying, which will take several days: heavy yarn, very damp, multiple layers due to sleeves. I promise that I will have someone take actual photos of me wearing the behemoth — without a bubble butt picture if I can help it 😉 . When I have tried it on it fits like the pictures on Angela’s blog, though I am not 5′ tall and tres petite!
Here she is being blocked:
Yes, the Aran Wrap is a great big rectangle with sleeves, so why doesn’t it look like a great big rectangle with sleeves? I’m not sure if my theory will work, but I was thinking that if I brought in the bottom edge, it might flair less over the derriere. I wove a piece of waste yarn through the bottom edge to draw it in.
This was very difficult to block because it is such a strange garment and therefore does not follow standard sizing conventions. I know how big I want normal sweaters to be, but this is different. When wet, it was quite malleable — I could have made it much longer, much wider, whatever — but I really didn’t know what I wanted it to do! I will have to wait and try it on and then decide if it needs adjustments.
Now, I have to check my queue for the next fun project. I have an idea, but only time will tell!
PS in response to Alison’s question, “Now that you are finished, is there any other yarn you would have selected, I guess what I’m asking is the weight of the yarn. Do you feel like the heaviness of the sweater is needed to support the cables or would you have used a much lighter yarn.”
The sweater is heavy, but not too heavy when it is on. Like many coats/jackets, they do have some weight to them. If you were to knit this in lighter yarn at the same gauge, it would be too loosely knit to hold the shape and provide ample stucture. The yarn Sally and I chose actually had much more yardage per gm than the yarn used in Vogue, so we already substituted a lighter yarn — heaven knows how heavy the prototype is!