Saturday, October 20, 2007

Look Ma! I finished my sweater!

Yaaaay, sweater!

I'm clearly very excited to be wearing my new sweater. One would think that being outside, in the cold drizzle, would make me this happy. However, I LOVE this sweater. It came out just perfectly.

Pattern: Minimalist Cardigan, from Interweave Knits Fall 07
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Garnet
Needles: Rosewood US 7s

Notes: I thought I might be taking on more than I could chew by picking a sweater to knit during my first month of law school, but it turns out I was wrong. This sweater was the perfect thing to take my mind off school and case books and memos. I could pick up my knitting and an hour or two later, have a finished sleeve!

The pattern was easy to follow and progress was quick. I'd never seamed for real before, so I looked up some tricks online and decided to use the back-stitch method, since the fabric is pretty thick. I think I did it right- let's talk again after I've worn the sweater a few times.

I made the 34" size, and I probably could have made the next size up for the front panels to drape as they do in the Interweave photo, but the shoulders and sleeves and back all fit perfectly.

I love cardigans, and I usually wear them open, or maybe with just the center button buttoned. I might put a clasp on this, but for now I really like it the way it is.

Look for this sweater worn exactly the way I've got it on now- over jeans and a regular shirt, or perhaps looking a little profesh for a trip to the downtown community development law firm where I just started doing some pro bono work.

I have something else on my needles now, but it's holiday knitting for one of my most dedicated readers, so check it out on Ravelry if you're curious.

I've got other holiday ideas for people who don't read the blog (I think) so I'll try and get those projects going so I have something interesting to write about.


Bertha said...

Wow, that turned out awesome! Super flattering on you!

Joanne said...

You are so talented! That is a beauty. I told you that you weren't crazy for starting a sweater at the start of Law School!

By the way - Claire T says hi - I ran into her as I was leaving the Keene Pumpkin Festival tonight. Gorgeous weather - had a bit of a spitting rain with a rainbow but nothing that was significant and it was warm so we were not freezing the anatomy while selling sausage grinders! I think the total # for pumpkins was 25,000+ - more than 2006 but not more than our previous record.

Mom (one of your loyal readers!)

lupinbunny said...

Nice work! Love the colour too.

Deb in Atlanta said...

Truly gorgeous! Great job!!!!