bpt alterations

I made the knitty.com “bpt” sweater a couple of years ago. I wear it constantly, but the hood kind of bothers me. I almost never use it (’cause I’ve made myself an assortment of cute warm hats) and it’s lumpy when I lean back in my seat. So today I RIPPED it off while listening to LibriVox’s lovely free audiobook of The Awakening. Ripped it all the way back to the neckline, picked the neck stitches back up and started knitting a little standup collar. The sweater is rather poorly designed at the neck — the front is as high as the back, so it rides down in back and is too high in front. In an attempt to make it fit better, I’m doing the collar with short rows in back to make the back higher. Let’s hope its a success! I took a “before” picture which maybe I’ll post tomorrow.

Oh, and here’s an old photo of the sweater in its still hooded state:

I’d also like to make it longer and less tapered, so I might be doing some more alterations after I fix the neck.

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3 Responses to “bpt alterations”

  1. Kathy

    Really brave of you! I hope you will post a picture of the new neckline.

  2. thea

    Hi, was about to begin BPT and also thinking of doing it without a hood – how did your alterations turn out? Will keep your neckline comments in mind and maybe fix that a little before i get to the neck, but how did you end up going?

  3. kara

    Er, yeah, I still haven’t finished the alterations. My first couple of tries didn’t work out so well and now I’m thinking about just frogging the whole thing and knitting something a little longer and looser with the yarn.

    Get yourself a copy of Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker and follow her guidelines for making a nice neckline that’s lower in front and higher in back, and your BPT will turn out a lot better than mine :)


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