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Originally posted on 15 Jan 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{.broken_link}. The yarn is Wool of the Andes Bulky{.broken_link} 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.