Thursday, February 26, 2009

My First Sweater


I finally finished it. Seams and all. Hand sewing is not my bag, but once I got started I actually got the hang of it.

Two Tone Sweater - Lion Brand


Here's my review of this knitted garment:

Name of Pattern:
Two-Tone Tunic Sweater
Pattern #1100

Here's the link for the free two-tone tunic pattern.

Designed by:
Lion Brand

Pattern/Garment Description:
Bulky tunic sweater. Loose fitting. Side slits.

Size(s):
S (43"), M (46-1/2"), L (50"), & XL (54").

I made a size Small.

Yarns Used:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn. I used Fig and Black colors. Fig is one of my favorite colors.

I used 7 skeins of yarn. Fig - 4 skeins and Black - 3 skeins.

Gauge:
9 sts and 13-1/2 rows = 4 inches. Size 13 needles in St st.

Knitting Tools Used:
Size 11 - 24" circular knitting needle.
Size 13 - 24" circular knitting needle.

Things I learned:
Increases
Pick up stitches
Sewing seams

What I Like About this Pattern:
A quick and easy knitting project.

What I Dislike About this Pattern:
Nothing to dislike about this pattern.

My Pattern Rating (Beginner, Easy, Intermediate, Hard):
Lion Brand rates this pattern as a Beginner. I have to agree. It's a nice challenging project.

Conclusion/Additional Comments:

I like this beginner pattern. I like knitting with larger knitting needles and bulky yarns. The sweater pieces knit up fast.

I shortened the length of the sweater by 1-1/2 inches. I shortened the length of the sleeves by almost 3 inches, from 20 inches down to 17 inches. The length came out perfect for me. I owe this to my sewing skills/experience and understanding my body measurements (not just the bust area).

Would I knit this again? Probably not. I think owning one bulky sweater is enough for me. I now have to figure out where I am going to store this. :)

Additional views:

Not a bad fit in the back


I like the side profile with the side slit


3 comments:

Trina said...

CONGRATULATIONS! It looks lovely on you :)

Monica said...

WOW! You did an amazing job and it fits you perfectly. It is beautiful! I'm new to knitting also, and a little intimidated by sweaters but you are inspiring me. I'm also petite like you, so how did you figure out how to shorten everything when the patterns doesn't give any finished length measures? Love you blog by the way.

2BSewing: said...

Trina...thank you for the complement. Okay, I guess I should stop blushing. :)

Monica...thank you also for your complement and comments. I'm doing a special post to answer your questions. :)