Sweater Update: shoulders and torso

I began knitting a sweater—my first sweater—at the beginning of April. (Links to the pattern and my yarn choice here.) And finals and graduation and grad school decisions intervened and I got sidetracked.

Photo2This is the pattern that I’m knitting. The model’s got a slight case of grouchy-face, but I intend to be much happier in my sweater than she.

So this week (after a friend asked how the sweater was going and I had to say “um, I don’t actually remember where I was when I stopped”) I went back to it. And I’m happy to report that it’s going quite well.

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My most recent challenges have been figuring out how to move the stitches that will be the sleeves onto waste yarn and how to cast on stitches (those four at the bottom of the armhole in the picture to the right) using the backwards loop method. Neither task was particularly difficult—so far the knowledge required for this sweater only just slightly exceeds what I already know, making it the perfect next-step in my learning process.

Photo1 (1)Truthfully, I’m a bit bored with the stockingette stitch—and I have six more inches of it to go in the body of the sweater—but I’m afraid something lacy or cabled might have made this a bit too complicated for a first attempt. My next sweater, however, will be lacy!

I like the way the colors are coming together. It’s much more distinctly striped than I thought it would be, but I think it works. I’ll be wearing this non-stop during the fall with jeans and tall boots, bag slung across my shoulder and coffee mug sloshing as I rush to class.

Casting On: my first sweater

After completing more scarves than anyone needs, I’ve decided to step up my game a little bit and try something harder. I chose the Amiga cardigan for my first sweater as it primarily uses stitches with which I’m familiar, but introduces a few new techniques.

Also, you know, it’s cute.

I’m using Patons Kroy sock yarn in “Clover Colors”, which is knitting up into a gorgeous combo of greens and browns with touches of orange and gold. The colors seem very autumnal, and since it’s kind of a big project, I’m not going to be heartbroken if this isn’t done until the cooler weather comes around again.

So far, it’s a perfect step up from my knit/purl scarves and my very limited lace experience. In creating the yoke and the shoulder increases, I’ve learned the proper use of stitch markers (on the needle, not the yarn. Who knew?) and how to do a kfb [knit front and back], both thanks to youtube videos. And I’ve many more similar accomplishments ahead—after finishing this part, I’ll be learning how to do button holes and sleeves—heady aspirations, but aspirations, nonetheless. Photo1 (1)

I love the way this is coming together—already I can see how the increases are creating the shape of the sweater, and the yarn is so pretty that it’s fun to work with. So yay for knitting projects!