(Sometimes I honestly groan at my own titles.)
Hey, guess what?
(I hope that was enough time to guess because…) I finished the SWF Sweater!
(I’m channeling Reese Witherspoon here.)
I feel pretty good about this sweater! John told me that it looked like I could have bought it and then he went on the compliment my “even stitches”. What a doll baby. I like that no matter what kind of messed up stuff I did to it, it’s still pretty presentable.
First of all, this is the first project I actually swatched for. Then I went ahead and completely ignored the swatch because it told me bad things and called me names. So, I ended up going down a needle size from the preferred or recommended. Okay, no biggie.
Then I remembered my first sweater and how it sits in the hall closet because it is so baggy and just heavy. Which reminded me, always knit down a size when knitting raglans! So, even though I might have been pushing it with medium, I said whatever and knit the small.
Uh… then to compensate at the part of me where I am medium (read: potbelly) I started adding random stitches for my voluptuous curves. Yeah, that sounds way better than potbelly. How this sweater didn’t burst into flames from all the jacked up nonsense I put into it… I’ll never know.
Moral of the story: despite me being crazy, stuff does eventually get knit. Also, this is a great pattern for a first sweater. I think any person who wants to knit a sweater and is scared to do so should knit this one because it is so easy and great and if I can do it- so can you.
(P.S. It snowed and we had a level 3 emergency thinger.)
Pattern: Tree Jacket by the Zephyr Gals.
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease.
Needles: Size 9 and 8 (I feel like I’m getting some good use out of the interchangeable needle set I got off of eBay.)
Time to knit: About a bajillion years. Or maybe four months…? Aboutish. It took me a whole season to knit a sweater. So by this logic, I should start one every season so by next winter I’ll actually have some sweaters and I can stop wearing my cats.
What I love: Top down! Basically no seaming (since I don’t think I actually know the right way to seam anyways) and all I had to sew up was the arms and the placement of that is just right so no one can see my poor sewing skills to boot. I think I am a top down advocate now.
What I hate: This yarn was alright but I’m not 100% in love with it when it comes to the garter stitch portions. I just think it’s a little too… scrubby… on the sleeves.
Why you should knit it: Because you love it too, don’t front.
Together we can build a better tomorrow.