Before I joined the sleeves to the body of my Hurry Up Sweater, I tried on the body. My little knitting voice kept telling me that the sweater would look better if it hit me at my hips. So I knit a bit more length to the body and then joined the sleeves. Elizabeth Zimmermann's brilliant yoke shaping was a pleasure to knit and I love the way it looks.
My little voice has always been right when I don't listen to it. The one time I did listen, it was wrong. Not wrong in terms of having the sweater hit me at the hip, but wrong in terms of my needing to add more length to the body. Neither one of us took into account the weight of the fabric from the bulky yarn.
After my sweater finally dried, thanks to the heated mattress pad, I tried on the sweater and it was LONG! The sleeves and yoke area were perfect but the body went way past my hips. I decided to wear it to the office on Monday out of pure Irish stubborness. My plan was to cut the body of the sweater, pull out several inches of knitting and then weave (Kitchener Stitch) the two sections back together. I did this with some sleeves on one of Bob's sweaters that were too long and it worked beautifully.
What I hadn't expected was that everyone loved the sweater! They loved it over my slacks. The loved it as a short dress with the leggings I had brought along just to get an opinion. The more I wore it, the more I loved! So, here are the three faces of my Hurry Up Tunic/Dress