Sunday, November 23, 2008

First Sweater

Pattern: February Baby Sweater from Knitter's Almanac
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy - Giant Peach
Needle : Size 8 16" circular

So I finally made a sweater....a baby sweater. This is my first completed sweater and it was fun but a lot of newness for me. I made the February Baby Sweater (ravelry link) from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Almanac. I started the sweater in August for a coworker whose baby was due in October. I gave him the sweater last Thursday (in November when the baby was a month old). It's not that the tiny thing took me from August to November to knit but I had a hard time being monogamous to the project. I made some socks, a cowl, a Clapotis, a booby, etc in between.

It was a good experience. I had to restart the sweater three times because my stitch count was off. Then I messed up the collar when I had to make one and forgot to knit into the back of the stitch so there were some holes but I played it off as a design element. My button holes were off a little too. I tried to knit the sleeves in the round but that didn't work out so I ended up knitting them flat and then seaming. I'm not the best seamstress so I hope everything stays together. It was also my first button sewing experience for knitting. I hope those stay on too. I pulled apart some strands of the wool and used it to sew them on.

Overall I think he liked the sweater and I hope the kid hasn't outgrown it already. Don't know if I'll ever brave making one for me. It could take years!

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