My First Sweater: A Look Back

See that person up there?  Yup, that’s me, modeling the first sweater that I ever knit.  I wore it yesterday, actually, on the recommendation of someone said that I should. So, here’s a look back at my first sweater.  It’s Pattern 13 in the Noro: Catwalk 2 book by Jenny Watson.

I am often afraid to wear my sweaters because I’m worried I’ll damage or ruin them.  On the other hand, I should wear them because I’m proud of the work I do!

I knit this sweater during a class at Kitnit Fine Yarns, which is now The Speckled Sheep, in Lancaster, PA, USA.  I didn’t want to tackle shaping and picking up stitches alone, so I enrolled in this class which, in the description, said it would be a good project for the first time sweater knitter.  I took the plunge.

I’m proud of my work!  It’s a little big for me, but I don’t care.  It’s warm, it has pockets, it’s mine.  Here are some of the statistics for the sweater.

  • Knit from 11 skeins of Noro Kuryeon wool yarn
  • It took me well over a month.
  • The pattern had the dreaded p2tog through the back loop decrease.  It was horrible.  I looked on the Internet for advice on how to accomplish this, and found that if you p2tog stitches together, pull the stitch of the left needle and turn it counterclockwise once, you get the same result.  Here’s a video of how to do this technique properly, without cheating.

Back in the Ludicraft days, I did a week by week saga of how the sweater progressed.  You can wander down memory lane in the list below.

So, that’s basically the story of my first sweater.  As a note, it’s also featured in the pattern page on Ravelry.

What was the first sweater you every knit?  I’d love to see your project.  If you haven’t knit your first sweater yet, don’t be discouraged!  Take the plunge.  Find a teacher or research stuff on the Internet.  Knitting your first sweater is a very rewarding experience.  It was for me!

 

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WIP: Taiyo Sock Sleeveheart Shawl

I love Noro yarns.  I love the funky colorways and the variations in the yarn itself. I know it’s pricey, but I get it about once a year as a treat for myself.

This year, it’s the Noro Taiyo Sock yarn (that is being discontinued by the way) that I bought at the Ball & Skein Shop in Lititz, PA, and is included in the stash flash post here.  I also got the free pattern, Taiyo Sleeveheart Variation by Julie Kubitsky, at the shop, too.  You can also get it on Ravelry.

I knit a lot of the shawl by watching the Olympics, especially over the past weekend, when the games were winding down with some big gold medals matches and races.  I got a lot knit over a few days, since I only started the project on Thursday, August 18.

I will post the final completed shawl after blocking and such.  I think it’s going to be lovely!

Also, if you’re interested, here are the details on Ravelry.

I’d love to hear about what you’re working on right now.  Let me know in the comments!