Sweater Love

I can't manage to get anyone to take my picture in my new sweater, so this is as good of a shot as I can offer, taken in the mirror at my mom's house. The light discoloration on one sleeve is a flaw on her vintage mirror, not a funny spot on the sweater!

I love this sweater, can I tell you how thrilled I am? It is my first completed adult sweater and this feels like a real accomplishment. I have worn this pretty much every day since I sewed in the ends on Thanksgiving. The garter stitch is very stretchy and it's a very comfortable and cozy sweater.

My cast-off is a bit tight, and any smaller and I wouldn't be able to pull it over my head, but I doubt I'll fix it. This sweater has no shaping to speak of, and it is designed to have no ease or a little positive ease, but it came out a little under for me, and it wanted to stretch vertically with blocking, which enhances the close fit. Frankly, if it hadn't grown in length it would feel a bit short for my taste, which is funny because I think of myself as being a bit short-waisted. Your mileage may vary depending on your torso length.

This was an easy pattern, with alternating rows of knit and purl in the round to make garter stitch, and a small section of fan pattern. The fan patten was easy to follow without consulting the pattern after the first repeat. But I'm not suggesting that I didn't mess up. I did, many times, especially with the whole paying attention to whether I was on a knit or purl row. And I did have to ask for help about when to do the decreases at one point, because my ability to follow direction is sometimes lacking, but once I got that bit sorted out it was a fast 15 days of knitting, and considering I took a 3 or 4 day break in there it was incredibly fast!

I think it looks great, and I have gotten a bunch of compliments from knitters and non-knitters, so I'd call this a winner! Yay me!

Camilla Pullover
3 1/2 skeins Cascade 220 (2 from the thrift store, 2 from the LYS. Different dye lots, but it's not apparent, and talk about a cheap sweater, I spent, I forget 16 or 18 bucks on yarn!
size 10 1/2 DPNs and circular needle
followed directions for size 37, but I knew my gauge would make it a few inches smaller, and knit a smaller sleeve (40 stitches)


Sherman Unkefer said...

Gorgeous sweater! It suited you well!

Knitting is Gluten Free said...

WOW! This is the most beautiful sweater -- great job. Thank you for sharing.

Linda said...

I love, love, love your sweater.
Could you please tell me where you found the pattern or how I can get it. Thank you so much!

Sasha said...

Thanks for the kind comments! Linda, please see the link at the bottom of this post for the Camilla pattern.

Anonymous said...

Such a nice sweater for a heavy, gray winter day!