I did knit something new in week 7; three new things, in fact!
You can see those in my Etsy shop (link above or on sidebar to right).

As for week 8, I cast on Flax by Tin Can Knits on February 12th. I wanted my first sweater to be simple, but still something I would wear.

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After quite a bit of drama surrounding my yarn (I ordered a beautiful burgundy and received “violet” – think Barney the big purple dinosaur and you’ll have a good idea of the shade). I promptly returned it and tried to reorder, only to find that burgundy was sold out! I settled on the same yarn, in Light Grey (07). I ordered 5 skeins and used about 4.5.

I think this pattern was a great choice for my first sweater (bonus: it’s free)! The sweater is knit the same front and back, so the pattern is super simple. My only complaint is that the mirrored design means the collar is very high, which is a bit annoying. I wouldn’t say it’s uncomfortable, but I’d prefer a lower crewneck.

This knit only caused me one other issue. Once I got to the end of the body, I began my ribbing, and decided to try it on and… yeah… it was too short! So I had to rip out my ribbing, knit another inch and a half of stockinette, and do the ribbing again. I cast off in pattern, tried it on, and the darn thing wouldn’t go over my shoulders. Ugh! I think I just cast off too tightly, but I had to rip out the cast off. To be safe, I k2togtbl for my cast off instead. It’s definitely not the prettiest cast off, but at least I knew it would be stretchy enough!

The yarn is 100% wool, making the sweater very warm (I probably won’t get much more use out of it this winter), but not itchy at all.

I cast off the second sleeve on February 27th and wove in my ends the next day. So it took me 16 days to complete. Not bad for my first one!

Overall, I’m very happy with my sweater! In fact, I’m so happy that I’m wearing it as I type, and I haven’t even blocked it (put down the pitchforks, please!!).

What sweater patterns do you love?? This surely won’t be my last!

I’d love to see what you knit this week using #52weeksofknits on Instagram!

Warmest Wishes,

Andrea

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