Autumn has arrived here in the northern hemisphere, so time to rug up in front of Netflix and get your knit on! That way, your new sweater can be ready in time for when it starts to get hot again next June. LOL.
I thought I’d share some of my favourite sweaters I’ve knit over the years. I just counted up in my Ravelry account and I’ve knit FIFTY ONE sweaters since I began knitting in 2009. Not even including all the sweaters I knit half-way or more then frogged. How many billions of stitches would that be??
First up: the Sweetheart Sweater. The intarsia colour work was a bit of a bitch, for sure, but it was worth it. I also had some serious fit issues with this one and had to attack it with my serger! All my trials and tribulations (as well as links to the pattern details) are detailed in these posts here and here.
Next is the Tempest striped cardigan (2013). A great everyday sweater in a light gauge (it’s knit with sock-weight yarn). Regrets: the way the button band is designed is so that it ends before the bottom of the cardigan, leaving a gap. I don’t know why I followed those directions — I knew that would end up bothering me, and it does! If only it were as easy to alter a knitted garment after the fact as it is to alter a sewn garment. Still, it’s not that big a deal, and I wear this a lot.
My Icelandic Reatur (2013): this was the first ever sweater I steeked, which means you knit the whole sweater in the round and then you CUT YOUR SWEATER up the middle to make a cardigan. Talk about terrifying! Steeking may count as the bravest thing I’ve ever done in my life! LOL! I used cashmere yarn, which was heavily discounted, but still added up. Alas, I don’t wear this one that much — the zipper is a little wonky and there’s something a little off about the fit — but I’m still counting it as a favourite, because cashmere. And steeking.
Annika Cardigan: I wear this a lot. I adore the soft alpaca yarn.
The Briar Rose tunic (2012): K, so I remember that I actually took this picture right after waking up from a nap, and you can totally tell! Lol. I love the cable work and ribs on this design. I didn’t blog about this but the pattern is here, and you can read details about mine on Ravelry.
Mulberry & Merino ribbed top (2011): This was a quick project with clever cabling which provides shaping around the waist and bust. Also not blogged but the pattern is available here and you can read about mine on Ravelry here.
I liked this sweater so much I made a second one for a friend, this time giving a bit of extra length below the cables at the waist:
Considering I have 51 hand-made sweaters in my archive (sheesh!), I’ll be sure to pull out a few embarrassing fails for my next post for a bit of a laugh.
Thanks for stopping by!