WIP: First ever sweater

IT’S HAPPENING!

Next to socks, the project that I’ve been looking forward to the most since I started knitting has definitely been a sweater. I absolutely love bundling up in a nice, squishy sweater. And what could be better than wearing one that’s handknit!?

I wanted to start with a complicated pattern like the Jamestown pullover I mentioned in this post waaaaay back in 2016, but once the time came, I decided it’d be better if I used a simpler pattern until I figured out the basics. Enter Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui!

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I’ve finished the body of the sweater, and I’m more than halfway through the first sleeve now! In this pattern, the body is worked in two panels, front and back, and each sleeve is knit separate from the body and attached later. I know there are ways to make sweaters with no seams, but I thought that making each part of the sweater first and sewing them together would be a good way to help me understand the structure of a sweater before I try more complicated patterns.

One of my favorite things about this project is the yarn I chose. I loved working with Caron Cakes yarn in my Stitch Sampler Shawl, so I grabbed two skeins of Caron’s Big Cakes for my sweater project. The colorway is Pistachio Macaron, and it’s working up so nice!

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I knew that this was the perfect colorway for my project as soon as I saw it. It has all of my favorite colors, and I really love the way that it’s speckled throughout, especially in the grey sections! It’s also super soft, and since this pattern is knit on large needles, it has wonderful drape~

This yarn is also self-striping so when I worked the front panel of the body, I just let the yarn do its thing, but when I worked the back panel, I matched the stripes myself. It required a little bit of extra work, but I’m very happy with how it’s working out. I’m doing the same thing with the sleeves so hopefully it looks nice. -fingers crossed-

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Besides this, I have two other projects on my needles at the moment. This one has had my complete attention though. I can’t wait to finish it up, sew it together, and show it off! It’s too hot to wear it much now, but once fall comes around, I’m never going to take it off.

 

tl;dr

Yarn: Caron Big Cakes in Pistachio Macaron
Pattern: Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui

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21 thoughts on “WIP: First ever sweater

  1. Look at you go! Fingers crossed your striping works out the way you want to πŸ™‚ An idea for next time, instead of having to work to make the stripes alike front and back, use a knit in the round pattern?
    Looking forward to seeing your finished sweater πŸ™‚ I really need to cast mine on. I have the yarn and the patterns, but… (granted, the needles I need currently have a blanket going on them, so I suppose that has to get finished first lol)

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  2. Thanks for the suggestion! I’m definitely thinking about knitting the next one in the round. Not only for the stripes, but also so there won’t be any seams to sew up. πŸ™‚

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  3. it looks beautiful! it was a smart move to make your first sweater with a bigger yarn, it makes it that much faster πŸ˜€ love the colours you’ve chosen

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  4. Thank you! I really can’t see myself making a sweater with anything smaller than worsted weight, honestly. I’m way too impatient. πŸ˜›

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  5. Thanks! I made a poncho several years ago, but other than that, I haven’t made very many large projects like this. I’m already planning my next sweater project though. It’s so fun being able to make your own clothing. πŸ™‚

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  6. Oh wow, that’s amazing! Maybe one day I’ll want to try it, but right now, that feels way out of my league, ha ha! πŸ™‚

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