Sunday, December 17, 2006

Lifted and Separated

Pattern: Lift & Separate from Big Girl Knits
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the color fern. 18 skeins with seaming and everything.
This stuff was great. Nice color, consistent quality, very affordable and it blocked beautifully.
Needles: Size 6 aluminum estate sale circular needles, probably Boye from the 1970s.
Modifications: I went for 3/4 sleeves over full length. I knit the cuff as directed and then skipped 4 inches before the arm increases. They came out a little longer than I wanted because the whole thing is big in the shoulders. The rest of the pattern was as directed; I didn't feel too brave making a lot of changes on my first sweater.
Started: July 2006
Finished: I did the final Final finishing on December 9, 2006

I am very proud of this sweater. It's far and away the biggest project I've taken on and it's inspired me onto bigger and better things. I learned a lot and there are things I would do differently, like knit it 2 sizes smaller. It's big, like really big. Especially through the shoulders and arms. The armpit hangs a lot lower than I would like. I love the plunging neckline in the book photograph but it overlaps so much to fit that it becomes rather demure.

Thanks to all knit buddies for all the moral support and great advice.

Happy Holidays!


Blogger meg said...

congrats again! looks great. i think you're helping to inspire my completing the central park hoodie. must. finish. cph.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Yay, finally a photo! It looks great. Nice job on the finishing. First sweaters are always lessons and isn't it a nice lesson when you know you can make a smaller one next time. So what's the next sweater, er, project going to be?

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Woo hoo!!! It looks terrific! It doesn't even look like a first sweater. Hopefully you can wear it this weekend - we're getting a "cold front" and it may drop into the 60s!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

awesome!! it looks terrific!

6:27 AM  
Blogger tiny robot said...

Sexy lady! Woot!

I love that color on you! Nice work, yet again.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous kelp said...

You go girl - your first sweater! Definitely quite the accomplishment. I must have frogged the remnants of 4 (different) sweaters before I wound up with one that I liked and fit me properly.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Purl said...

I've been anxious to see how yours turned out before I tried mine. I HATED bombshell, so I've been afraid to try another pattern from the book.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I am so impressed - your first sweater! I really like it. Hopefully I can follow in your sweater footsteps soon!

6:13 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

man, i am going to have to get to work on one of those sweaters! You look fantastic!

8:05 PM  

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