This sweater knitting project was my favourite one so far – I know I said that the brown cable knit blanket was the knitting project I was the most proud of making and I still stand by that because that was huge undertaking with a pattern that, at the time, seemed very challenging and I still love it – but in terms of actual knitting, the process of picking up the needles and making stitches to create a finished product this was hands down my favourite.
Up until now everything I’ve knit was been a squares and rectangles….different stitches of course but regardless of the size of the finished product it was always with a blanket, a cushion cover or a cowl…..all basic shapes meaning that sizing and construction were not an issue. This sweater had “you are going to learn about construction and sizing” written all over it.
The yarn I used was Berroca Ultra-Fine Alpaca, I used 2 skeins of the main colour and about half skein of the contrast colour for a size small. I still have enough of the yarn left over from my original purchase to make a second sweater in opposite colours and Kathy has also requested a sweater in her favourite colours too!
The sweater pattern is Holsten on Ravelry. It’s a very easy pattern to understand and follow and I had no problems with the pattern at all – very highly recommended for a beginner if the thought to seaming together lots of different sweater pieces scares you as much as it did me. This sweater is constructed in one single piece and made from the neck down.
Things I learned how to do during this knit.
- How to using circular needles to knit with a small number of stitches
- How to Make-one-Right and-Left in both purl and knit style (without created huge holes)
- How to do short rows using the german short row method (super easy)
- How to cable cast on stitches
- How to pick up stitches in the underarm section (that was kind tricky)
- How to bind off loosely using a yarn off bind off (after a disastrously tight bind off at the first attempt
- How to not panic when you drop a load of stitches while trying to undo the very tight disastrous bind off!
- How to use a crochet hook to fix dropped stiches!
The only modifications I made to the pattern was to leave off the 3 rows of purl after the ribbing on the body and the sleeves because I preferred how they looked laying flat – and I added in about an inch of ribbing to make the cuff a little wider but that’s it.
It took me one week to knit the body and shockingly it took another week to make one sleeve because I found it a bit fiddly to knit with so few stitches on circular needles. I finally got the hang of it though and made the second sleeve in about 2 days so all together it was a very fast sweater knit – much faster than I expected. I wrote a couple of updates along the way tracking my progress and some of the problems I encountered.
Now all I need is the South Carolina weather to cool down enough so that I can actually wear the sweater outside!