Introducing the 18-day Sweater:
Pattern: Wicked by Rachel & Sarah of Zephyr Style (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino, color 239, 8 skeins (832 yards) for 36-39″ version with 3/4 length sleeves
Needles: US size 6 & 7 circulars
Modifications: I knit the collar, arm cables, and pocket on size 6 needles. The body, arms, and waistband were knit on size 7s. I had to knit the body about 3 inches longer than called for in the pattern to accommodate my longer torso, for a total of 14 inches from underarm to the bottom of the pocket. During that time I knit the decreases as called for in my size, then knit plain for about 2 inches before doing 4 rounds of increases. I knit the arms to the elbow then decreased 4 stitches over the course of 12 rows. Just before the cables I decreased to 56 stitches so they would be snug. Then for the waistband I used the crossover cable pattern instead of moss stitch.
The knitting was finished on Wednesday night, and I awoke early Thursday to start sewing in the ends and seaming on the pocket. It was an exciting moment when there were no more tethers or pins or stitch markers impeding my view of this beautiful sweater. All the hard work was finally finished!
Remember how I had to start the collar of the sweater by knitting back and forth? Then after an inch or so I joined to knit in the round. That left a little gap that just seemed like too much trouble to seam up. With the helpful guidance of Mom, I crocheted a chain button loop, attached a vintage button, and made a charming closure.
I met my goal of wearing Wicked on Thanksgiving and enjoyed showing it off with another FO that day, my apple cranberry pie. Mmm…leftover pie for breakfast, anyone?
My first sweater is now a knitting memory. There are things I would do differently next time to be sure, but overall it was a positive learning experience. I now know that I am a capable sweater knitter, up to the task of tackling any challenge. A whole new world of possible knits now seems open to me. Where I used to shy away from looking too closely at beautiful sweater patterns, I now take a second look. Anything is possible when you take your time and work through the challenges, both in life and in knitting. Knitting Wicked helped me reconnect with the fearless knitter within, something I used to know intimately but which was slowly buried. Are you fantasizing about knitting something that you think is beyond your ability? What if you just tried it? And what if you tried it and succeeded?
*Photos courtesy of my lovely mother who seems to enjoy a Finished Object photo shoot as much as I do!*