Over this Thanksgiving holiday, I've been finishing things up. I got a lot done on Betty. I steeked the arm holes, and seamed them into the sweater body.
Alas, the sweater is too small. I tried it on to show a couple of people, and their response is "Well, maybe it could work...", or "It's not really that bad." But, I know myself when it comes to the sweaters I knit. If I feel uncomfortable in them before they're finished, I'm likely to never wear them once they're done. So I think I've got a few options, some of which I've ruled out already.
1. I could finish the sweater and try to block it out and wear it. I don't want to do this. I don't think it will result in success.
2. I could frog this sweater and re-knit the pattern in a larger size. I think I'm kind of "done" with this pattern for the moment. I don't want to knit it again.
3. I could give this sweater to a smaller person, like my mother. My mom tried it on, and it fit her pretty well. But she seemed pretty uncomfortable when she was wearing it, and she admitted that she would be too nervous to wear it very often because she would be afraid of ruining it.
4. I could frog the sweater and use the yarn to knit a different pattern. I cannot get all of the yarn back from this sweater because it's steeked past the armholes, but that leaves a large part of the body and sleeves that can be salvaged. I also have about 600 yards of this yarn that's un-knit, so I think there's enough to do something with it.
Are there any other options I'm missing? I've been thinking about it for a couple of days now, and I'm leaning towards option 4, but I'm open to suggestions. I was thinking about option 3, but my mom really didn't seem comfortable with the idea, and I think she was the best candidate to wear the sweater.
I think that the sweater was fitting when I was knitting it. Perhaps it shrunk some when I blocked it? Anyway, I'm sad that it didn't work out, and I hope I'll be able to move on soon!