Sunday, March 29, 2009

My First

B.O.B - Button on Sweater by Jackie Pawlowski
My first real sweater, and knit for me, to boot! I'm so in love with it. :-) I'm really proud of it because...it's practical, it's attractive, and it fits! The pattern is very easy to follow and the knitting grew fast with chunky yarn. Picking up stitches (for the button band) on size 10.5 US needles is SO MUCH faster and easier than with sock yarn on size 1.5 US needles! There's nothing about this sweater that I wish I had changed. It fits around the waist and chest just fine without adding too much pressure on the buttons and the sleeve length is perfect. I love the high collar that keeps the breeze off my neck and the cables that follow it all the way up. I did add quite a bit of length to the arms and body in addition to spreading out the decreases for the raglan arm shaping to give more room at the armpits. (The raglan shaping was a challenge that my friend Emily helped me hurdle. Emily - you're so smart!) The only part of this sweater that I didn't like doing was sewing on the buttons - all EIGHT of them. I guess it was well worth it. The yarn that I knit this in has to be the softest wool I have ever touched and felt against my skin - Malabrigo Chunky. Even the Malabrigo Worsted is not as soft as this!

8 comments:

Kristi said...

Dude, you look like such a badass in that sweater. It looks awesome!

Debbie said...

I love it! That is a pretty amazing first sweater.

Amy said...

Thanks guys!

Becky said...

It looks so good! And the buttons and buttonband were completely worth the hassle, as they look great

Carrie said...

WOW, it looks great! So cozy :)

Jackie said...

You'd never know that was your first sweater from looking at you - it looks fantastic!

lynna said...

I am hoping to start this sweater after seeing it on Ravelry...you look fantastic in it--I'm Asian and about your size (I think)so I hope that your alterations will work for me (don't have an Emily to help me with shaping)...but I'm expecting twins in October so I'm a bit stretched out. Btw, your boys are so cute and remind me of my 3 boys, especially my middle one. If you have any advice on the sweater or twins, let me know!

Amy said...

Thanks, Jackie! It was quite an accomplishment for me.

Hi Lynna - feel free to email me with any questions at amachael at comcast dot net. Congrats on your twins! They are fun!