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Low Tide

Oh. Hi! Yeah. So remember me? I used to knit. Well, I still do knit. I knit a lot, actually -- knitting happens almost everyday! Those t-shirts and posters about "knitting is cheaper than therapy" and "I knit so I don't kill people"? I could be the poster girl!!


I have finished something.


  • Project: Low Tide -- Low Tide by Emily Wessel, Tin Can Knits
  • Modifications: Short rows to even up fronts/back, add waist shaping; sewn hem; a few rows of garter stitch to finish edges of sleeve caps
  • Yarn: Make.Do Be Fingering/Sock Superwash, two skeins (?-need to double-check this)
  • Needle: US 4
  • Start to Finish: August 18, 2012 - March 10, 2013

Back view showing decreases at top (mostly as written) and then increases near the bottom (waist shaping, I guess, though I thought of it more as butt accommodation).

Another view of same (and the sewn hem).

Front -- you can pick out  the short-row wraps.

In this side view, it's very evident how the short rows changed the shape. That dress form is Ali's -- and so-not-my-size -- so the fit/drape is wonkier than in real life.

You can get a full run-down (as full as it gets) of my mods/reasoning on my Ravelry project page.

Here I am reflected in the very flattering mirror of a AllSaints Spitalfields dressing room last month in Chicago (also wearing my first-ever pair of skinny jeans tucked into my oh-so-awesome boots!). The sweater looks okay, but I have lost at least 35 pounds since I began knitting and, while the overall style is rather forgiving, it is definitely too big. It's also knitwear, so there's some naturally occurring stretching out as it's worn and eventually it was falling off my shoulders.

I'll wear it a few more times and then decide what to do. Give it away? One of my Knit Night buddies suggested ripping it out and starting over! I've actually done that before, so it's a possibility.

How are you all doing? What are you knitting? Finished anything lately?




I love it and as I was looking at it I kept thinking, I bet this is too big for her! I'm finally working on a sweater for myself and I hope I can knit something that actually fits!

Kelli ann

Oh, V.! It is just gorgeous, beautiful handiwork. Bravo for being too slim for it now! I'd say... Perhaps offer it as a prize or for sale? All those hours!

Cheryl S.

I actually think yours looks the best out of all of the ones I've seen. I guess if it's really falling off your shoulders, that's a problem - but it looks fabulous on you in the photo.

I really, really like the bodice of that pattern, but I never cared for rest of it - how the front pieces hang so much lower than the back, as well as how it opens up so much in the front. With your mods and it being oversized, I love it. The sleeve mods are great, too.


Your modifications made it a great looking sweater, but it's easy to see how it would be difficult to keep on your shoulders. Love the color of the yarn and the details of the design. Brava!

Robin F.

I have had this sweater in my favs for a while. I want to make it for one of my girls but need to figure out how to make it hang straight so they don't look pregnant. You look awesome- your weight loss is really showing now- I thought that one of your girls was wearing the sweater til you mentioned it was you!


oh, i think it's lovely. but congrats for having reasons to make it smaller! ;o)


Such a beautiful sweater, Vicki! Lovely, lacy bodice; perfectly wonderful yarn and color. It's really a shame that it doesn't fit (but. . . YAY). It might take awhile to figure out what sweaters/styles you WANT to put on that new, slim body of yours! (And . . . oh. . . skinny jeans! Hurray for you.)


I think it's a gorgeous sweater, Vicki. I'm a big fan of wearing for awhile and then ripping out to use the yarn again! Because as you know, it's all about the process.
I think it looks amazing on you.

Barbara S

It's a beautiful sweater, but it is a little big on you. You lost so much look fabulous! Congrats on the skinny jeans.

gale zucker (she shoots sheep shots)

You look fabulous! That is the best reason ever for having your knitting not fit right when it is finished. It's a beautiful piece, give it to someone who'll fill it out better, and make yourself something smaller.


Most beautiful work in all fronts: yarn, knitting, finishing!


It is such a pretty vest you may want to re-knit it. You will look even smaller with the right size, woo woo!
I've just finished my winter knitting, hurray!


I love it! And I love the new, skinnier you :-)

I lost 25 pounds when I went gluten-free and have kept them off. Maybe that sweater would fit me...


Yay finished things are so rewarding! Your Low Tide looks so great on you I just want to cast it on right now! lol :)


That's beautiful! I love all of it, including your button choice.

Lori On Little Traverse Bay

Lovely sweater, and beautiful choice of buttons. That it no longer fits is a good problem! Perhaps pass it along to a friend who will love it and make yourself something new and wonderful (and smaller!).


That is just stunning! And you are looking fabulous. I am also loving the new me from the new eating lifestyle.

When will your yarn be available? I would to design something pretty with it.

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