The Agnes Experience

So… drumroll, please?

Agnes

Here’s Agnes in all her glory, modelled with my new cute shirt.

This project taught me a couple of things:

  • First and most importantly, I thought I had a problem with seaming, but the problem doesn’t stem from there. I am a bipolar knitter, LOL. On st st, my right side seams are great, tight, and neat. My left ones suck, and it’s because I don’t like purling. I hate it like a snake on my socks. The first stitch is always droopy and/or tighter than ever, creating a weird seam. As much as I’d like to block the life out of it to sew it into oblivion, it won’t work.
  • Second, I do need to get better at seaming, it’s annoying that the sleeves look great and the shoulders not so. Next time around I’ll either crochet a slip stith when it calls for cast off, or… I’ll leave live stitches and graft them when it’s time to sew the project together.

Notes on Agnes:

  • I ❤ Cotton Glace. Love looking at it, buying it, petting using it… Those little cute tight cotton balls, with their lovely colours…. I feel like playing with them instead of knitting them!!!!
  • I adored the pattern. The way it looks is amazing, the way it’s shaped is very good for my type of body and style of clothes, emphasis on the waist, lots of little details: french knots, moss stitched lower halves and cuffs.
  • French Knots Veronique mentioned on her blog that the french knots were too bumpy for her liking, and I see what she means, they make my Agnes look a little strawberry-like, but I like them anyways. It took forever to do those, but I’m proud of the way it turned out, I also got better at handling a sewing needle!
  • The sleeves are a bit too long for my liking, but it’s too late, and I don’t mind much. If I do end up knitting up another Agnes (mom will most likely ask for one when she sees it), I will start the sleeves at elbow length.
  • I ended up doing my own button chart. The pattern calls for 7 buttons, I used 11.
  • I got a bit confused having to do the button/buttonhole bands together with the fronts. I’m used to knitting them separately and then sewing them together, so I had tons of un-knit to do every other row. Fortunately enough, I noticed before getting too far away from them!
  • Confusion again for the purl stitch pattern. If you say “continue in pattern” you don’t mean “(find out where you must do your purl stitches to) continue in pattern” I may be dumb, but I think a chart indicating all the purls and all the inc/dec would have been useful?

All in all, I liked Agnes, it knit up quite fast compared to what I thought. It took me a little over 4 weeks to finish it, bearing in mind there were boyfriend-at-home days (where he just won’t let me knit, he gets restless) and the days when I went to the USA.

Enjoy the pictures, and please leave a comment if you liked my work, either here or via Ravelry (stealtheshow).

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3 Responses to “The Agnes Experience”


  1. 1 Veronique July 2, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for the pic! I love the strawberry-ness of your Agnes 🙂
    I’m glad there are some people out there who enjoy knitting with cotton. I am not one of them! It’s just not stretchy enough and hurt my hands *pout* But it’s worth it in the end!
    Congrats!

  2. 2 lomester July 3, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    That turned out really pretty.

  3. 3 stitchywitch July 10, 2007 at 4:32 am

    It’s beautiful! I’m considering making Agnes, and it’s so nice to see such lovely finished sweaters.

    stitchywitch


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