I want to say a HUGE Thank You to everyone that reads this blog. I always appreciate your comments and feedback; not only is it a joy to know that people are actually reading what I put out there, but I truly find your comments and experiences helpful and entertaining.
So with that in mind, I’d like to sum up the information knitters have shared with me regarding My First Sweater. First, the helpful highlights:
Measure yourself completely, then go back and do it all over again. This is the first step in ensuring a sweater will fit your precise shape.
Use your favorite sweater as a model. Measure a sweater you love the fit of, and choose the size that is closest in the pattern to work from.
Choose a sweater pattern that you truly love and would like to knit and wear, not something that looks like it would be good for a beginner.
Do a gauge swatch, the bigger the better for an accurate gauge check. Then wash it and block it to see how the yarn holds up and if it stretches or changes shape.
Choose a pattern with elements that will keep you interested over the long haul it takes to knit a sweater. An interesting stitch pattern, cables, or lace will keep the knitter entertained.
Knit both sleeves at the same time so you can match the increases or decreases. No one wants to wear a sweater where one sleeve is longer than the other!
A few of you described your first sweaters as big, baggy, chunky, simple, and often too large or unflattering. Some recommended doing a top down, seamless raglan, or taking a class with others. Some suggested I try doing theFebruary Lady Sweater, while others said maybe it wasn’t the best pattern for a first timer.
As for what I will be knitting, it is still undecided. I have purchased the bookCustom Knits by Wendy Bernard and am feeling very motivated to start swatching! Never thought I’d be excited to do a gauge swatch, but stranger things have happened…
I am enchanted with a couple sweaters in the Top Down Raglan section, particularly the Backward Cabled Pullover. It can be worn forward, backward, or modified! This is an incredible book that encourages free thinking and customization in knitting. And Bernard is on Ravelry answering questions about her patterns. Amazing. If you haven’t heard of it, take a moment to check out her blog, Knit and Tonic for a taste of knitting nirvana.
Thank you all so much for sharing your wisdom, mistakes, and triumphs with me. I will certainly keep you posted on what I decide to try.