I made a resolution to knit a sweater this year(http://tempestinapot.blogspot.com/2013/01/resolute.html). And I did knit a sweater. Resolution complete. I just wish I had said I was going to knit a sweater I could wear. Sadly, I did not.
I found a pattern I really liked which looked within my knit-abilities. The pattern was called, saddle shoulder color block top, straightforward title, straightforward knitting. Because I am a proud, plus-size woman I knit the larger size. I did not want a tight fitting garment, but tired to not over knit the size. I had done a gauge swatch and everything was going well, or so I thought.
It was the sleeves that got me. I have small shoulders. I did knit the sleeves to a smaller size, I have been to this rodeo before and knew to be careful. Apparently, I was not careful enough. I sewed the in set sleeves and recognized fairly quickly there was a problem. A big problem, too much sleeve.
Though I am the boss of my knitting, I did take the problem to my knit group. One of my friends did an internal crochet seamed to help with the problem. With the help of another friend I added a few rows of a crochet edge to give me more fabric to work with. In the end, it was not enough. The top is just too big, my shoulders too small, and I can't keep the sweater from falling down my arms. Epic knitting fail, but at least I can say I knit my sweater.