halletts - before
My ability to knit sweaters that fit me seems to run at about 50%. I'm telling you, I swatched, washed and dried, and my gauge was spot on for the swatch. I knit the 38 3/4" size, which should give me almost an inch of positive ease on my 38" bust.
I had my suspiscions, as we knitters do. But I knit on, and sewed on. Blocked to its limits, this thing is barely 36" across the bust, even with its button bands.
The yarn, pure cormo from the Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm (now Juniper Moon farm in VA) is too precious not to reclaim immediately. I know myself, if I let it sit, it will be a sad ill-fitting, neverworn sweater years from now.
Kind of like I imagine a relationship breakup must be, I'm going to stay celibate from sweater-knitting for a while and heal. I may decide to knit this again in a larger size (the pattern was wonderful, and a fun knit).