I went on a sweater quest recently, not unlike last year's quest for a blanket. My Log cabin blanket, by the way, has grown quite nicely, and I'm almost finished with it... pictures soon. My sweater quest was long and arduous because, quite simply there's A LOT of ugly sweaters in the world. No really, not misunderstood or naturally beautiful - ugly, ugly sweaters. When it doesn't even look good on the nice-looking model, I have to think twice about it. :)
My inspiration was this beautiful sweater, from Late Summer:
I don't know a ton about sweaters, but this looks to me like a simple crewneck (?) sweater with an open, lacy knit pattern. Since this is my first sweater, I considered only beginner patterns I could easily keep track of...
1. Cropped Sweater by Andi Satterlund
I love this style of sweater and the scoop neck, but I think I'll save it for a later project with a tighter weave...
2. 3/4 Sleeve Classic Pullover
I like the 3/4 sleeves, since I always push the sleeves up my arms, anyway, and it looks like a looser fit. I just wasn't sure I could adapt it to suit a more open knit...
3. Alcina Sweater
4. My First Raglan Pullover
In the end, I decided to take the My First Sweater class on Craftsy, and work along with their free pattern, above. I'm intimidated by complicated knitting directions, so it's comforting to have a visual to follow along with. I don't love that rolled neckline, but I'm thinking I may be able to modify it if I don't get too lost. Also, I'm not sure about that eyelet design on the raglan sleeves, but I'll give it a chance, or modify it.
I started with a sport-weight yarn on size 9 needles, which would make for an open look, but not quite as open as the movie version:
The color match was fairly close, but all in all it didn't inspire me... then I dropped some stitches at the beach, and had to totally unravel it. Bummer. :(
Then I found this magical yarn:
I'm knitting on size 11 needles for a more open look and I love the way the striping pattern works its way over the fabric, kind of a rainbow-y, tie-dye effect. I did a swatch test and worked out the math (I think) to make it work. And no, it's not the smallest sweater on earth (though the finished sweater might be fairly small) - it's very stretchy! :)
Here's a closeup of the yarn, the color name is Stained Glass, and it is quite gorgeous in person:
So what do you guys think? Have any of you knitted a sweater before? Any knitting tips for me would be appreciated! :)