Shiny happy sweater

This was an experience: I decided to do some sweater math and make this with different needles and yarn and well, the math didn’t work. I ended up way more stitches than I wanted, and it was a slog to finish it off — I went off pattern, and liberally used K2tog to make it work. But — surprisingly, and even with the six trillion mistakes - it turned out quite well and is my size. It has the feel I wanted: a cozy, 1980s-esque sweater. The original (and far nicer) pattern is here.

Am currently making a scarf and will finally get onto the Petite Knit Balloon Cardigan next!

Knitting: what's next?

I’ve mostly been knitting small projects. I made a hat recently, bound it off, and had taken photos – with perfect lighting! - when I realised there was some kind of yarn tension. I think I had woven in one of the ends with a stitch, and I thought I would snip it free.

Big mistake. Huge. I cut a stitch. The stitch caused a hole. Now I have a hat with a hole. Anyway, I’ve started again – at least it’s a small project and knits up in a day.

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I made a sweater! It was based off this pattern by Isabelle Kraemer. My version is in navy and grey. I have wanted a navy sweater for a long time. I spectacularly messed up one of the sleeves because the stitches fell off the DPNs more times than I’d like to count. The second sleeve is okay, and while I could try and redo the messed up sleeve I think I’ll figure it out closer to sweater weather.

This is the sweater I’m going to attempt next. So for a long time my closet comprised of high-waisted pants and tucked-in polka dot shirts (how I wish I’d known of the French tuck then). Last year I bought a pair of slacks-style high-waisted pants from Uniqlo and now I am convinced that this sweater is the only thing I need [for winter]. I haven’t started it yet because after the last DPN/sweater disaster, I’m not looking forward to struggling with DPNs.

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But… I had a fair bit of practice with DPNs by knitting a trial sock – which is 1) yellow 2) will only fit Shrek if he’s ever stopping by 3) has a heel and toes and everything! (I used this extremely helpful tutorial!) I really want to make more socks now (in human sizes) so my next project will either be a pair of socks or the sweater or my unending quest to use the purple/yellow/pink variegated yarn in my stash…