I'm finished (I think) with my Faery Ring.
I wore it all day this week... and even though I think I need to go back and rip out the button band and pick up fewer sts (it puckers and flares) - I am not sure I'm ready to do that.
POSITIVE COMMENTS -
- This is a really warm coat. It's more than a sweater.
- It's too big for me. I take that as a positive comment because I see myself larger than I really am. I could have made the next size smaller and it would have been fine.
- I love the look of the hood and tassel.
- I bought way too much yarn for this project, fearing that I wouldn't have enough. Suffice it to say I'm thinking about knitting an entire sweater for myself out of the leftover yarn. I'm thinking another Ribby Cardi may be in my future.
FIXES FOR OTHERS
- Remember first, that the directions are not complete for the larger sizes of the Faery Ring - so I had to wing it. I picked up too many sts for the button band. While I thought it looked fine when I picked them up and knit them, once I sewed the band, I noticed the puckering and flaring. Since it was more than 400 sts, I was loathe to rip it out. I know now that I should have. I probably will some day, but not today.
- The hood is too big and heavy. It weighs down on the coat and when I wore it unbuttoned, it pulled off on one shoulder and I constantly had to tug it and put it back on my shoulder. I'm not sure what the answer is here. On the Wonderful Wallaby, there is a K1, P1 neckline after the body of the sweater and before the hood. It has fewer sts and the ribbing pulls in the sweater. More sts are then added for the hood. I think this might be a good fix and something worth trying.
Now I need to get some black slacks and a black turtleneck to wear with my Faery Ring and really show off the coat's handiwork. I'm really pleased with this project that took more than 2 years to knit. I love the design and the cables. The silver Faery Ring buttons are the perfect addition to this beauty. I am just thrilled to pieces to have finished it in time to wear while it's still winter (even if the temperatures say otherwise).