Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My First Sweater

No, it's not my first sweater in the sense that it's the first sweater I've ever knit. I've knit sweaters before. And it's not the first sweater I've radically modified. I've modified sweaters before. No this is my first sweater in the sense that I used no pattern. I didn't even use part of a pattern, no frankenknitting on this one. For better or for worse I did this all on my own. My first sweater.

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Pattern: Mine

Yarn: Brunswick Germantown Knitting Worsted, 100% Pure Virgin Wool (from the stash of doom)

Needles: Size 7 Addi Turbos

Review: I was inspired by this ad for a sweater in the Fall Interweave Knits.

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I thought to myself "Hey, I like that. It's the only thing in this magazine I want to knit." So I looked all over the internet for the pattern. But alas, I came up empty handed. Then I looked at the picture some more and thought to myself "Hey self. You can make that. It's just 2x2 rib with a 1x1 rib collar. And while your at it, make it one color with a belt."

So I did.

I made gauge swatches, and schematics, and did math. I counted rows and did waist shaping. I read this article in knitty for help with the sleeve cap. And it was very helpful. Usually I have a bit of fancy sewing to do to make the sleeve cap match the armscye. But this was the easiest sleeve cap I've ever sewn in. All in all I'm really happy with the results. I had beginner's luck on my side. So what if the sleeves came out entirely too long. I simply cuffed them and I think they look fancy that way. There is a seam in the middle of the collar in the back, but hey, I can't see it, it's in the back. I'm sure there are better ways to make the collar, but this is the way I did mine, and I'm comfortable with my choices.

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I may have to tack the collar down to get it to lay exactly where I want it and not shift when I move. But that's not such a big deal. All in all I'm very happy with it.

I do think I'm going to have to go back to asking Pork Chop to take pictures of me in my knitwear. I asked the Greatest to take a picture and this is what I got.

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Lynda said...

I'm very impressed!!! What a great sweater!

men indeed...

amerimeximadre said...

thats a fabulous design, I am still on my first ever knitting project. You are my inspiration!



bunchkin said...

Freakin' awesome! It takes quite a bit of courage to sacrifice the time and yarn to try and make something out of your head, but what a payoff! By the way, my hubby takes those kinda pictures, too. What's up with that?

shiguy4076 said...

I love it. It looks so good on you. Hey you can't blame your husband for taking pictures of your butt. If mine looked like that I'd take pictures of my own butt.

I love your sweater. You did a amazing job. It's not beginners luck you're just talented and smart

kimberly said...

Men are all the same! Gorgeous sweater and great job on your first one.

Katrina said...

I love the sweater. You should pat yourself on the back for a job well done. I'm miles away from designing knitwear for myself, but I'm starting to feel the urge. Your first effort turned out beautifully.

And in my opinion, you've got a better figure than the model in the picture. All this after three kids. How do you do it, girl??

Anonymous said...

Wow!! That is amazing! Great job!
:) cheapy sp!

Kim said...

Looks great!

Julie said...

I love the style of your sweater. Very nice design.

Bitterknitter said...

It turned out great, Mamma! And I bow before your patience in calculating those sleeve caps (of course, if I kept better notes on what I was doing, I would have far fewer encounters with Frankensleeve!)


Jeanie said...

Your sweater is FABU!!! And hey, I wonder if your husband is related to mine???

turtlegirl76 said...

The sweater is fabulous! I'm so sorry about your luck with the RR socks. That yarn obviously has something else in mind.