My First Sweater
Saturday, June 6, 2015
I can't believe I knit a sweater. Mostly because I never thought I would have any desire to do so. Before I started knitting I didn't have that much understanding as to why you would want to knit one. It seemed like the work, time, and money it would take just couldn't be worth it. It's funny because I'm sure that's how many non-quilters feel about quilting! I had little/no interest in it until a couple of months ago. Having knit plenty of hats, cowls, and a couple shawls, I was itching for another challenge. And that's how I decided on knitting a sweater.
After consulting with my knitting gurus, Amanda + Jacey, I decided on the Inland Cardigan (from Journey) by Jane Richmond for my first sweater. It fit the bill perfectly: classic style, bulky weight yarn, and it's a cardigan, which made fit less of an issue. I used Malabrigo Mecha in Plomo. It's gray, I knew it would be super cozy, and I already knew it wasn't itchy (for me).
I have to admit, I had a blast knitting this. It did take a while, but not as long as I thought. And there were long stretches where I wasn't able to work on it. Even with those breaks, it only took a little over 3 months to make. Not too bad! It was exciting working on something a bit more challenging and brand new. I did raglan increases for the first time, alternating skeins on the body and in the round on the sleeves, successfully used magic loop, and learned to make button holes! I definitely made some mistakes along the way, and it's not perfect, but that's okay. I made it!
A few days ago, when I knew I was getting very close to finishing, I went ahead and ordered yarn for another sweater. I couldn't help myself! I'm addicted now! I chose the Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits. I'm using Tosh Vintage in Moonstone (my favorite colorway!). I'm hoping to swatch for it this weekend.
I will have to wait until the Fall to wear this sweater, but I am so proud of myself for making it. I feel like a real knitter now! For more info see my Ravelry.