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It's a Sweater!

by VM Brasseur on January 15th, 2009

My first sweaterIt’s a sweater! A blue sweater! A blue sweater of Peruvian highland wool! And I made it! With these two hands of mine! And it fits! And it looks good! I can wear it in public and everything! And I already have! I’m excited!

OK, enough with the exclamation points.

So, yes, this is it. My first ever hand-knitted sweater. And, yes, I’m not ashamed to say that very proud of it.

The pattern isn’t available online but it’s called “Chunky Cable” and is from Adventures In Knitting. The yarn is Wool of the Andes Bulky from KnitPicks. It’s worked on a set of size 10.5 (6.5mm) circular needles with about 4st/inch for a gauge. The sleeves are raglan with roll hems.

When I originally sewed the bits together I was slightly downtrodden. Though it fit in general it was a bit shorter in the torso than I preferred. A bit of judicious blocking fixed that nicely. Now the sleeves are slightly long (about half an inch but in truth I like it that way) but otherwise it’s just want I wanted.

As sweaters go this one is a keeper. It’s warm and comfy and pleases me greatly. Because I made it myself I’ve been putting it on and off very delicately as though it were made of china. I’m sure that will wear off as I get used to the fact that sweaters, however long they take to make, are not very fragile.

Because I’m about to take a cross country flight my next project will be something portable: socks. The sweater, however, will be making the trip with me. I expect that it’ll be just what the doctor ordered for keeping a person warm as she stands about on the National Mall watching our nation inaugurate its next president.

From → Knitting, Projects

  1. Hey, awesome. That’s great! I just started working on a hat for myself, but I have the feeling that it will take about a year or so to get all put together. This knitting stuff is hard.

  2. This project wouldn’t have gotten done as quickly as it did without giving myself a deadline. That worked like a charm. What kind of hat are you making? Link?

  3. BTW, kudos are due to Madeline for taking the picture in this post.

  4. suomynona permalink

    Noooo!!! you are cheating on me with other photographers???!!!!????

    And in public???!!!!???

    Ans posting them in a timely fashion???!!!???

    I feel so… betrayed….

    (But seriously congrats on getting it done.)

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