I finally have a moment to write! The last few weeks have been busy to say the least and of course there is never a dull moment with a toddler.
I am very excited to share that I have officially cast-on my first sweater! It has only taken me 6 months to work up the courage to begin a project like this. For some reason, I have always thought that knitting sweaters would be incredibly exciting but viewed them as practically impossible for beginners and I would certainly need vast experience to even attempt one! I was so pleasantly surprised to learn how wrong I was!
I chose (what looked like to me) a very simple, top-down, raglan sleeve sweater and chose the 12 month old baby size. This free Flax Light Pullover by Tin Can Knits was shockingly simple to work through. I was a little worried when I first started because I think I mentally prepared myself for difficulty but once I finally got into a rhythm and stuck to the pattern instructions, it was a breeze!
Since this is my first sweater, I took the liberty of making a modification for simplicity sake. I chose not to incorporate the garter stitch stripe all the way down the sleeves. I decided this of course after the first round where I started the garter stitch. You can see a purl row at the very top of each sleeve but then I decided that I kind of liked it how it looked and just kept on knitting rather than ripping back to fix it.
Once I separated the sleeves onto scrap yarn, I a strange sort of pucker in the front and back of the sweater where I stopped increasing stitches for the sleeves. I’m not really sure if this is supposed to be like this or if I have made a mistake. It appears in all four increase sections. I wonder if this will eventually lay flat once I’ve knit the sleeves? Perhaps I was supposed to continue increasing a while longer before separating stitches?
As of right now, I have completed the body of the sweater and I’m waiting for some new double pointed needles to arrive in the mail so that I can finish the sleeves. I definitely need to do a better job of taking photos of finished (or semi-progress) projects. I remembered to snap the one below just after separating the sleeves. I’ll try to capture the finished piece as soon as my new needles arrive.
I was so excited about knitting this sweater that I immediately cast on stitches to make Jane another one! I’ll share some details on the next sweater soon.