Knitting My First Sweater
It starts raining and getting cold come September in Seattle which makes it the perfect weather to knit by a fireplace watching Hallmark movies. I have always wanted to knit a sweater but I knew it was a large undertaking. I have only ever knitted scarves before. My mother reminded me the other day that the scarves never turned out straight…. However, I was up for the challenge. I decided to make it a little easier on myself and knit a sweater for a 3 year old instead of a full size one. After looking around at several pattern choices, I found this one that I loved, but it wasn’t out yet. Luckily for you it is now! I knew that if I delayed starting the sweater I would either decide not to do it or not finish in time for the 3 year old’s birthday. So, I found a cute and similar pattern in a library book, went to Michaels, bought some yarn and began watching several YouTube videos to remember how to knit. It had been quite a few years since my scarf making days.
This pattern started with the bottom ribbing on the sweater that required a knit one pearl one combination. It took me like 10 tries to get 2 rows correct. I really should’ve practiced with 20 stitches first rather than going for all 80 and pulling them out each time. Oh well. As you can see, I got a lot better at this stitch the second time around. Practice really does make perfect.
The pattern started with the back piece which I was able to finish in a week. I then only had two weeks until the little girl’s birthday which left me one week to finish the front piece, one week to make the two sleeves and then assemble the sweater.
Once the sleeves were done, it was time for assembly. The sweater turned out cuter than I could’ve imagined. I could not believe that it had once started as yarn from the craft store and had turned into this multi-colored piece of clothing. Sadly, it ended up being a little too short for the little girl because I did not measure her current clothes while deciding the final length, but she still put it on and took a photo with me.
Moral of this craft adventure- Try something new. Dare to make something that seems impossible. It is amazing what you can create with a little time and patience and youtube. Here are some more photos of the process. Enjoy!
Comment below a photo of something you have created that was out of your comfort zone.