I might have mentioned, in my last post I think, that I was doing a few KALs. (Knit A-Longs) This was the KAL for the February Ladies Sweater that the Knit Wits Podcast was hosting for the month of February.
Since I'd been eying this pattern for awhile and loving the FOs I saw on Raverly, I grabbed my nose and dove in. A LOT of firsts for me. Well, the overall project was a first. My very first sweater.
But I took a big gulp and did my first buttonholes, My first sleeves, Not my first lace but it was a lot of lace! First time casting on stitches mid-row. All those firsts! And I loved it!
Loved it so much I can't wait to make more. This is a wonderful pattern, and is very easy to follow and memorize. At first glance, read through, it might seem a bit confusing for a first time sweater knitter. But it all comes together if you take your time.
Here are the notes, I made for the sweater while working it up. I don't have Pre and Post Block measurements yet, mainly because I haven't blocked it yet. But I'll update the post once I have them. Soon. Very soon!
- Cast on for size smaller because I wanted that upsidedown V look to the sweater.
- I made my buttonholes all in the garter stitch yoke, because I wasn’t crazy about the look of the other sweaters where the last buttonhole was down into the lace. But I think next time I will space them out a little farther apart.
- I chose not to do the full length sleeves or even to the elbow. When I cast on for the sleeves I realized I wanted my instant gratification to last longer. Blame it on the rising temps here in the south. So I cropped the sleeves and by doing this I only needed two skeins of yarn.
- I did 18 repeats of Gull Lace for body and the 1.5 inch border.
- For the sleeves, I did 4 repeats of the Gull Lace and then 4 rows of garter stitch for the border. I didn’t want my border to overwhelm the lace. Especially with my cutting the sleeves so much shorter.
- Also for the sleeves I used a 16 inch cir. I couldn’t imagine using a 12 in cir like the pattern called for. At times working the lace was tight even on the 16 in.