Fact: As of 4:46pm on January 14, there are 7,767 February Lady Sweater project pages on Ravelry and many more unRaveled FLSs roaming free out in the world (eep!).
Fact: As I’ve said before, that pattern has plenty of flaws. It was my first real try at sizing a sweater. I wrote it up quickly (and, stupidly, without the expert help of any editors or designers with more knowledge and experience than I have). It’s no gem, but folks have used it as a launching pad and worked with it to make many pretty things.
Every one of those thousands of people who have knit a February Lady Sweater has experience with and insight into modifying the original pattern to make it what they wanted to knit and wear. Increases have been altered! Sleeves have been narrowed! Yokes have been tweaked! Unfortunately, that knowledge is spread out over countless online forums and knitting groups and classes and yarn shops and individual knitter brains.
So let’s gather it up!
I’m issuing a call for anyone who’s made the February Lady Sweater (and I mean anyone, whether it was your first sweater project or you used it to teach your hundredth knitting class) to share their expertise. What modifications did you make? What issues/problems did you encounter, and how did you fix them? Let’s talk fit, obviously, but also design, technique, yarn choice, whatever. In a month or so, I’ll go through the comments here, gather up all the input, synthesize the information, and barf it out into some kind of organized clearinghouse of tips and tricks as a resource for future FLS knitters.
Plus? a commenter chosen at random on February 14 will receive a $20 coupon to the A Verb for Keeping Warm online store. Equals? awesome.
So pass on your knowledge and experience, and pass this call on to your friends and fellow knitters. Future knitters will thank you!