I Knit a Sweater….

…and it’s actually wearable. Maybe only under a coat to hide the one sleeve that I messed up, but I finally finished the Tab Button Jacket. Dear husband even said I did a nice job, but he has to say that.

It took me forever to finish (9 months to be exact). Not because the pattern was difficult. Mostly because I took a long break to work on Christmas knitting projects. And I have the attention span of a flea, so I was easily distracted by other projects and new yarns.

I learned I need to work on picking up stitches. I didn’t do so well around the neck. And one of the sleeves is a bit puckered and bulky because I messed up the shoulder seam. Overall though, I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. It’s not the most flattering sweater I own, but it’s a comfy sweater. The yarn is soft (Knitpicks Swish DK) and it has a nice, easy fit to it. It was a good first sweater pattern.

I learned what I did wrong on the seaming of this sweater, so the next sweater will be even better. I already have a couple of patterns picked out, but first I need to finish the two projects that are on the needles right now.

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On The Needles

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Right now I’m working on a Tab Button Jacket by Debbie Bliss. I’m using Knitpicks Swish DK yarn in Garnet Heather.

I’ve been working on this sweater for a very long time.  I started it around Memorial Day weekend of 2011. I’ve been taking breaks in between each piece.  I’m easily distracted by new yarns and patterns, and I’m a bit bored by the pattern. The back piece was especially boring.  All those rows of tiny, stockinette stitch seem endless and dull.  It’s a good take-a-long, or knit-in-front-of-the-TV project, as it doesn’t require much thought.

Even though I’m finding it boring to work on, I like how it is turning out so far, and I have learned a few things along the way. This is my first sweater, so I am a little worried about it turning out too big, or too small, or misshapen in some other way, but it actually seems to be knitting up just right. I hope I haven’t spoken too soon. I would hate to have spent all this time on something that ends up in the donate pile.

Since I just finished the right sleeve, I’ll probably take another break to knit a small project for some immediate gratification. I just have one sleeve and the neck band left to knit. I am determined to finish it before winter ends so I can enjoy wearing it at least once.