This one has been a long time coming, but I am finally finished with my first ever completed sweater! (I honestly apologize for the crap photos - it's been raining here for 2 days solid and I really wanted to reveal this today. So, these will have to do for now.)
I made this sweater along with the My First Sweater class on Craftsy. I bought the class on a whim when I received an email offering the class to me for $9.99 (they give me these offers every so often - always read to the bottom of your Craftsy emails folks!). I liked the pattern, so I figured that $9.99 was well worth the techniques I could learn like making button bands and collars as well as seaming - all things I had never done before.
|My full 9.5" collar :)|
The sweater is made in Lion Brand Wool Ease in Navy and it is nice and snuggly (and I got 7 skeins of it on sale at Joann.com for $18.55 with 2¢ shipping!). The pattern has you make the fronts, back, and sleeves as separate pieces, seam them together, and then add the collar and button bands. I did alter the pattern a bit by making my collar 9.5" long (instead of the recommended 8"), as well as adding pockets. I just kept knitting the collar until I liked where it hit when I tried it on. I did end up having to go up 2 full needle sizes to make mine too - I seriously do knit tight, ya'll. Also, the pattern tells you to use a smaller size needle for the ribbing, but I am very hippy so I just used the same size needle throughout in hopes that it would go around my bootay better.
|Definitely my most ridiculous photo. I was trying to pop my collar dracula style. And apparently talking at the same time.|
So, what did I think about my first sweater knitting experience? Well, I am definitely not a fan of seaming. It's kind of maddening that you spend all this time knitting something only to have several more hours to spend just to make it into something usable. I know that makes me impatient, and I won't deny it. I spent all my spare time knitting this and I was able to finish it in 2 days shy of 1 month. I must say I am quite proud of that. The worst part about the seaming isn't even all the time you spend does the actual sewing, it's the weaving in of ends. Here is a photo from just one of my seaming sessions:
My sweater ended up being a bit big. I measured by bust and I fell between the medium and large sizes in the pattern. Since I wanted this to be more of an outerwear type sweater, I went with the size large. Now that's it's finished, I could easily have gone with the size medium. I don't mind that the sleeves are a bit long, but it's too wide in the shoulder so it doesn't really want to stay up when I wear in unbuttoned (which is most of the time). It will work just fine for my purposes, but if you take the class just know that you can easily round down in your measurements.
|Eyelet detail and collar on the back.|
As far as a class review goes, this is the first class that I have ever not been 100% satisfied with. I didn't really learn much that I didn't already know, but I did get the pattern and it was only $9.99, so I feel I can't really complain. I would give the class 3 out of 5 stars.
I'm sure there are plenty of things I'm forgetting to say, but this is already crazy long. So that's my epic reveal! lol I'm sure it's not that big to other people, but this definitely qualifies as epic for me :) I'm really happy to have jumped the hump of making sweaters and I look forward to many more!