Friday, March 28, 2014

A Sweater Quest - knitting my first sweater

I have been knitting for about two years and it's time I make a sweater.  I know some people who actually start with making a sweater. I would have found that very overwhelming. Knitting did not come naturally to me, and when I look back at some of the early projects I cringe. But now I feel I am ready for a sweater.


I was further encouraged when I found Myra Wood's "The Perfect Fit Seamless Crazy Lace Top Down Sweater" class on Craftsy.

Crazy Lace Cardigan

These videos have been incredibly helpful. Myra explains sweater construction of a top down raglan step by step. She goes over so many important aspects of knitting a sweater. She talks about how the sweater is constructed, and why knitting "top-down" is so great because you can try it on as you go, and adjust the sizing. She shows you how to take proper measurements, and provides worksheets to help figure out the number of stitches to cast on, the number of increases and the number of rows and stitches you need to make your sweater fit perfectly.

I chose Cascade Sierra Quattro worsted weight yarn in Long Beach blue.  I wanted a cotton blend because here in the South cotton is much more practical than a heavy wool. When I try it on the fabric is cool to the touch, and very soft.  I really love this yarn and am disappointed that it is being discontinued. I stockpiled it when it was Steve's Deal of the Day on WEBS (www.yarn.com). I'm using my new found favorite Knitter's Pride Dreamz interchangeable circular needles (sorry Chiaogoo Red Lace!). The needles are smooth and so pleasant to work with. And I love that the sizes are color coded.



 So far I have knit down to where I am going to start the feather and fan lace on the bottom of my sweater. The best thing about this is that it is so easy to customize it how you want. The pattern is for a bolero, but I am going for length down to high hip or so.  I really have learned so much about the knitting process doing this class.  I feel like this helped my knitting really 'click' for me. I get it now. I feel like I actually am starting to understand the mechanics of knitting. I can look at my knitting and understand how it works, and how to fix it as I go along.  It really has been an enlightening process for me.
 
It is definitely worth the full price,and sometimes it goes on sale too. I haven't heard one bad review for it, so if you are looking for help for starting your first sweater, or to find out how to adjust patterns to your size and shape, I highly recommend it:

Myra Wood's "The Perfect Fit Seamless Crazy Lace Top Down Sweater" class on Craftsy.com.
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