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20 Sweater FOs, In Review

I’ve knit a lot of sweaters since I started knitting sweaters the summer of 2008. Some of them I still wear, some of them I’ve never worn, and some of them I’ve pulled out, or plan to pull out. And since I’m on vacation I figured this would be a good time to review them!

#6 Diamond Lace Top

1. Diamond Lace Top: This is my first finished sweater on ravelry. I knit sweaters before this sweater, but that was before I belonged to ravelry and lord knows where those sweaters have ended up. This sweater, #6 Diamond Lace Top, I knit the summer of 2008 in Knit Picks Shine Sport. I still have it, I still wear it, and I still love it!

2. My Sweater Pattern: My first foray into sweater design turned out cute! But like 39581501 other sweater patterns out there. It’s cute, but it was too tight around my armpits and made me uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure I donated it.

3. Distraction Cropped Jacket: This one makes me sad. I LOVE this sweater, I loved knitting it and I love how it looks. I just don’t like how it looks on me! #26 Cropped Jacket is a little boxy and short, and every time I wear it I end up taking it off, or trying to wear it open. So it’s sitting in a pile. I’m hoping my taste or style changes or something so that I can start wearing it. Hopefully! Also, this is the first of the sweaters I blogged about!

Girl Friday

4. Selfish Sweater: Yes! I still wear Girl Friday. There are things I’d change if I knit this sweater again, like knit it in softer yarn! That Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool is scratchy as hell. But I love it, and pull it out often.

5. Caitlin’s Cardi: I don’t wear Caitlin’s Cardi, which is stupid since it’s my own damn sweater pattern, but I feel like it’s in the wrong yarn. If it were lighter it’d be easier to wear, but since it’s in that worsted wool, you’ve got to wear it over a long sleeved tee, and I just haven’t been. I still have it, of course, but it’s in a pile somewhere.

6. March Darcy: Nope! It’s in a pile to frog. I wore it a few times, but I never liked how far off the shoulders the sleeves sit. I was constantly pulling them up, and it annoyed me. So I’m pulling out my Mrs Darcy as soon as I need this yarn.

Dollar and a Half!

7. February Sweater: I love my Dollar and a Half! I’ve worn it so much that the buttons are coming off, so it’s currently in a pile of stuff I need to fix. I’m going to take off these light fabric covered buttons and put on some more heavy duty buttons that pull less on the fabric. But this sweater is one of my favorites! It’s unique, I’m always getting compliments on it, and I was knitting it when my grandpa died, and I remember working on it while I was home for his funeral. So it will always be close to my heart.

8. Traverse City Tube Top: Yes! It’s winter so it feels like I haven’t worn this sweater in a while, because I haven’t, but I love this sweater. It’s my pattern, so thank goodness I love it and wear it still!

9. The Loop Entrelac Tank: Yes! I love this one still, too. I love it so much I knit myself another one for the KAL last summer.

Granny Bomber Jacket

10. Granny Bomber Jacket: I didn’t wear it much at first, but it’s made a recent resurgence since I’ve been in Minnesota. It’s got a really fun cropped jacket shape, but it’s bulky and hard to wear under a coat. It’s perfect if you are just running out to the car, or into a store, and with this mild winter we are having up here I’ve been reaching for it often. This is my pattern, too!

11. The Two Boyfriends Cardigan: Frogged. It was too big for me. I knit it as a sample thinking it would be a 36 with 2″ positive ease, but it ended up being more like a 40″ with 2″ positive ease. I wrote the pattern up and adjusted for this error, but the sample was no good to me.

12. Melvie: I’ve only worn it once or twice. My work from home schedule doesn’t have me dressing up very often, and the few times I’ve worn it have been for more dress up occasions. I love it! I just don’t have many occasions to wear it.

Bergen Street Cardigan

13. Bergen Street Cardigan: I’m wearing this sweater right now! It’s become my go to house coat sweater. The table where I sit and work is right next to a big drafty window, so I’m usually bundled up in this beautiful sweater. It’s a go-to, and I still love it!

14: Charvet Pullover: Yep! Still love it and still wear it often. It’s a pretty loud sweater, but it’s easy to pull over a long sleeved tee and wear kind of like a coat. The pattern was fantastic and I absolutely love the result!

15. Beatnik: Of all of the sweaters I’ve made, this is the one I’ve worn the most, I think. It’s my go-to sweater for when I know I’ll be around knitters, and any kinda nice dinners or nights out. Those cables dress it up! It’s warm and cozy, and the fit is perfect. In short, I love it! I’d knit 14 more of them.

Make Up Your Mind

16. Make Up Your Mind: Yes! I wore the crap out of this tank at the end of last summer. It dresses up a wife beater without making you too hot. The only problem is that with a couple wearings it stretches out a bit, and sometimes it gets stuck in my wash pile for a long time before I get to it. I’d size down if using this yarn and knitting this pattern if I were to do it again.

17. 2nd The Loop Entrelac Tank: For whatever reason, I haven’t worn this sweater yet. Maybe because I already had one it wasn’t new enough for me to put it into immediate rotation, and since I finished MUYM at the same time I hit that one harder than this sweater. I think this summer will be different! It’s such a beautiful color it’s too beautiful not to want to wear all the time.

18: #25 Rib Yoke Topper: Nope. I’ve worn it once. I’m still pretty pissed at this sweater because of how terrible the pattern was, but more than that, it’s kind of an awkward sweater to wear. It’s a transition piece, and just too bulky to wear under a coat, so you’ve got to wear it as a coat, and by the time I finished knitting it in October it was mostly too cold to walk around in just a sweater. I’m hoping this spring it makes it’s proper debut.


19. Aidez: Yes! I love this sweater and wear it all the time! Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky is a little pill-y, so it is in desperate need of a shave, but I’ve grabbed this sweater on the way out the door as a coat any time it’s over 35 since I finished it in December. I don’t wear the belt, though. I wear it open with a big scarf.

20: Short Row Sweater: Since its sparkly, and really light, and since I just finished it 2 months ago, I’ve only worn it once, on New Years Eve. I’m expecting this goes in to rotation once it gets warm out, over a tank. I’m not selling your wear-ability SHORT, short row sweater! … oh god.

And that is it! 20 selfishly knit sweaters in about 3 years, and most of them I still wear. Not a bad average. Something tells me that will be going up over the next 3 years!

Aidez KAL FOs!

The new Sweatshop KAL gets announced next week, but before we jump into another sweater I want to take some time to show off the finished Aidez sweaters our KALers knit up over the past few months!

Amy's Aidez

Asheley's Aidez


Rachel's Aidez


Emily's Aidez

My Mom's Aidez

Stacie's Aidez

mum2grls Aidez

FO: Aidez

Even though I’ve had my Aidez finished for a couple weeks now, for whatever reason I never took my FO shots until this morning. By myself. On an overcast day. Oh WINTER!

Belted Aidez

So these pics are a little weak. And yes, I still have all of my Christmas decorations up.

Open and Looking Amazing!

This is pretty much exactly how I’ve been wearing my Aidez! Over a long sleeved tee and my lounging leggings (READ: PJs). I pull out my belt (designed by Katie!) when I leave the house and wear my Aidez like a coat. Which, despite being in Minneapolis and it being January, I’ve been doing a lot!

From the Back

It fits perfectly. It’s super warm and cozy. And it’s really beautiful. The yarn, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, is great. The sweater grew when I blocked it, like I was anticipating, and it fits like a glove. And the color is fantastic! It’s a little lighter gray than what shows up in the pictures, and goes with everything. A neutral! And I love it! Imagine that!

So Fun and Funny Apparently!

This KAL was a little more challenging than I had anticipated, but so many knitters tackled this beautiful pattern by Cirilia Rose and I couldn’t be more proud to have hosted. I’ll be sharing a bunch of FO shots from the KAL on Monday! So if my pics don’t make you want to knit this sweater immediately, theirs certainly will.

Pattern: Aidez by Cirilia Rose

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Stormy

Needles: Size 10 24″ circs

Ravelry Project Page

KAL: Thank You!

Our knit along may be over, but our Aidez are still coming together. I know mine is blocking as I type! FO shots will be rolling in over the next few weeks. So keep chugging along and be sure to keep us posted over on the ravelry forum, and if you are REALLY far behind don’t worry about it! I’ll keep checking in over there from time to time to make sure everyone finishes.

Bets DuBois Aidez

Share FO pics as you get them! I know a lot of people are just as invested in seeing your progress as I am. Let’s do this!

mum2grls' instensive seaming!

Finished? Ready for our next KAL? It will be kicking off on February 6th. The official announcement with yarn suggestions won’t be for another couple weeks, but if you want to get thinking about your next sweater, you MAY want to SHOOT OVER HERE for a SNEAK PEEK!

Betsy's Casualty!

Thank you so much for knitting along with me. I can’t wait to do it again in a couple months!

Nina's Aidez

My Mom's Aidez and Belt In Progress

Aidez: Finished Sleeves and a Belt

I am scrambling to get everything finished for the holidays, like I’m sure all of you are, but I did block out some time to finish all of the Aidez pieces.

Even a Belt!

I even made time to knit up Katie’s belt pattern, and I’m excited I did. I’m planning to put in side loops on the sweater so the belt stays, so even if I don’t want to wrap it around me, it will still look awesome.


Both sleeves are finished, too, and one is seamed up. And it has sat like that since Monday. I’m hoping to get it put together this weekend and blocking! I know it will take a LONG time to dry and I want to wear it ASAP.

FO shots next week. There is going to be a crazy string of FO post coming up because I keep shouting at all the piles of WIPs all over my house that their time has come. And I mean it!