Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sweater beginnings

I have started the sweater. 337 stitches on the needle. The green and orange stitch markers mark off every 20 stitches. Those will come off as the ribbing starts, it starts from the bottom so the bottom ribbing will be done first. Then it gets worked up to the underarms. I will post pictures along the way. I have no idea how long this will take as this is the first sweater I've ever knit and it is the biggest project yet I have undertaken. I am nervous. Will it really fit? Will it be way to big or to tight? According to the website it is supposed to be a custom fit. We shall see. Slightly skeptical and yet hopeful. Spent a lot of money on the yarn and the pattern. The pattern itself is 9 pages long! Off I go to join in the round and start the ribbing. Wish me luck!

Sweater rough start

I have cast this sweater on 3 times and it is not cooperating. First time I tried to join it in the round. I think I managed to do it without twisting but the join was not good. Plus I ended up with 7 more stitches than I should have. I ripped it out. The second time I decided to knit it flat. Somehow ended up joining in the round and it was twisted. Plus both of these times the ribbing didn't look right. I'm not used to dealing with 334 stitches at the same time. I got frustrated, put it in the corner to think about what it's doing to me. I decided to start a sock. 

Attempt number 3 seems to be it. It feels good to have some knit rows undertaken hands as I knit. It makes me excited but these rows are long. I decided to knit the ribbing flat instead of in the round. The picture doesn't show it but trust me, it is. I need 2-1/2 inches of ribbing before I can start the body. I only have 3/4 of an inch so far. Here is a picture:

I also started a sock while this was in time out. I am excited for these as well. I am knitting these on size 1's the smallest I've ever done but they should be warm! They are slow going because of the small needle and the sweater. I am hoping to have the pair done by November. Here's a pic of the toe:

I will ost again when I am ready to start the body of the sweater.