Does this look like a boatneck sweater to you? No? I didn't think so. Thankfully it hasn't been too hard to fix. I unraveled the collar, ripped out the raglan seams, and then frogged each of the body and sleeve pieces by about two inches. Bound off, re-sewed the raglan seams, and picked up for the collar again. And here is what we are looking like at the moment:Certainly bears a greater resemblance the pattern photo than before. I am not sure how it'll look once I bind the collar off (the stitches are all scrunched up on the needles right now), but so far it looks much better.
The question is, what went awry here? I really can't figure it out. My gauge is correct. I re-read the pattern many times, both while knitting (especially after I had my initial suspicions about the neckline being weird, as I mentioned in my last post), and again after knitting the collar and discovering that the neckline definitely was weird. I'm 99% sure I didn't make any mistakes knitting the pattern. So that seems to leave only two possibilities:
1) My body type is so bizarrely off the norm that the pattern as written would fit most people but not me. I'd be shocked if this was the case, since I generally have no trouble fitting into standard sizes. Also, I don't see how the collar as I originally knit it could stretch around anyone's shoulders, except maybe a three-year-old's.
2) The pattern is fudged up. The weird thing is that I found one other blogger, here, that knit this pattern and her's looks fine. I can't find a reference to any major pattern problems. I'm wondering if the original version of the book as published by Rowan was fine, but the reprint that I have by Trafalgar Square Press is screwed up?
Hmph! I may never know...but as long as I get a wearable garment in the end I'll be happy! At least the weather has been gorgeous--I think it was 60 degrees or more today! Hope you all have a delightful weekend! :)