I’m just wondering how common this issue is because it’s a very frustrating issue. I ordered a kit in a bag, so to speak, for what I thought was a beautiful sweater. The kit included all needed yarn and the pattern. The pictures on the website are really nice and the pictures that are included in the kit are really nice. I’ve been working on it for several weeks. The sweater is not knit in the round, it’s a front & back panel and two arms that will need to be seamed. Marpha Sweater
The pictures show the top V and it’s border go past the shoulders and slouch down the upper part of the arms. The pictures also show a nice ribbed collar on the sweater. As I was knitting and got to the top of the back & front panels of the pattern, I noticed the pattern has a staggered cast-off for the neckline with no ribbing. I thought maybe later on in the pattern it would give instructions for picking up stitches and adding ribbing, not thinking about the fact that wouldn’t make sense with a staggered cast-off (by staggered I mean in the middle of the work, cast off 3, on the next knit round, cast off 2, etc)
I also realized that the V in the pattern doesn’t go across the top of the arms. The darker color of the inside of the V and border around it stays on the front & back of the body, and shoulder line ends like it would in a normal, non-slouchy, sweater, not stretching down the arms at all. It’s a little hard to explain in words, but in the pictures, you can see the shoulder line/the top of the V, curves down across the upper arms, but the pattern doesn’t do that. The front & back panels in the pattern don’t slouch, they end straight up & down, as does the darker V shape & it’s border, where the shoulder meets the arm.
This changes the whole style of the sweater because it changes it from a slouchy, oversized looking sweater into a plain jane sweater with no style. I put everything down and read through the complete pattern (which I did at the beginning but didn’t notice the differences at the time) and there is no explanation for any of the changes. The arms are also about 25 rows too short, each. Looking at the pictures, the arms in the pattern would be the right size IF the front and back panel included the elongated shoulders that’s on the sweaters in the pictures. I checked Ravelry and did a google search & found that others who’ve knit the pattern have stated they added the ribbed collar because it looked better and they had to lengthen the arms. The pictures I’ve found posted by others are knitted from the same pattern I was sent, not from the sweater that was on the picture, so it doesn’t appear that they are sending the pattern for the sweater in the pictures to anyone, but are sending an altered pattern. I’ve sent the company an email asking about it and I’m waiting for a response, but at this point the sweaters almost done.
Honestly, to spend weeks working on something that wasn’t cheap only to find out before I finish that it’s not something I would wear (but the picture of what I ordered IS something I would wear) is frustrating. I don’t really want to finish now because most of what’s left is just seaming and I know won’t wear the sweater.
Is this a common issue? Is there any advice on what to look for on patterns before starting to avoid this type of situation? Could it be that kits are thrown together as an all-in-one solution, so they are more likely to end up with the knitter being more than satisfied? I’ve only been knitting for a few years and this is the first time I’ve ran into this, but this is only my third sweater. My mind doesn’t work in a manner where I can read over patterns beforehand and have elements automatically jump out at me that are different from what I’m expecting. I usually just read over to make sure I have a full understanding of the techniques involved.
Thanks in advance!