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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.

Aidez

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!

Style Your Knits: Mrs Darcy Cardigan

Mrs Darcy: Ready for a Night Out!

We are all freaking out about the weather in Chicago right now. As I’m writing this it’s 73 degrees. The windows are open with summer blowing through them.

So looking at these pictures of me wearing layers and layers of clothes is kinda funny.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I did not keep Mrs Darcy on for long. Even Saturday night, when I rocked this outfit for a night out with friends, it was way too warm in the bar for this wool sweater.

This wool sweater I’ve accepted, warts and all. The warts being how freaking curly the front edges are.

See them? They’ve been haunting me. But, whatevs. They are there. There is no changing it now. There is no fixing it now.

The accentuate my neckline, right?

Kinda?

Boobs

I mean, look at that accentuated neckline. That is all the curled edges of the sweater.

Hey Skinny Lady

The best thing about this sweater is how flattering it is! Between the twisted rib center panels and the deep V-neck, I’m practically see-through when I’m in this sweater. In a good way.

It’s a little cutsey. But I’m a little cutsey, so I don’t fight it.

Sweater: Mrs Darcy Cardigan

Top: H&M, a million years ago, dyed a few times

Tank: Prague

Skirt: Target, pinned up to make shorter

Tights: Target

Shoes: My mommy bought them for me!

FO: Mrs Darcy Cardigan; My March Sweater

Mrs Darcy Cardigan

It could just be because there has been a lot of shit going on lately, but I finished my Mrs Darcy Cardigan without even really realizing it. Which sounds silly, I know. But I write a KNITTING BLOG and I knit this entire sweater so fast that I only mentioned I was knitting it twice. Here it’s a pile of sweater in Portland. And here it’s a pile of sweater in the background of these Dollar and a Half Cardigan pictures.

Ug. Mrs Darcy Has Problems

To say I had issues with this pattern is an understatement. I knew what I was getting into kinda because it’s a free pattern, because everyone on ravelry kept saying there were lots of issues with the pattern, because there is a warning on the pattern itself that says there are lot of issues, and because one of my Sweater Club students, Laura, is also knitting this sweater and was coming across lots of problems.

Mods:

1. I had to add two rows of single crochet to the bottom of the sweater to get it from curling, and it still curls a little. There should have been more garder st at the beginning, or a rib.

2. The fronts are curling in; you can tell in the pictures. I started to add a row of single crochet but it looked weird next to the three garder stitches around the front. Maybe making the garder stitch band five stitches would have helped, but I probably would have left it off and picked up stitches around for a ribbed band later.

3. I knit the sides and body at the same time because there is no way I would have been able to line up the twisted rib sections based on how the counted rows were set up in the pattern. I just went with what I thought the pattern was saying based mostly on the pictures and am glad I didn’t have to duplicate it.

Darcy to the Side

But it’s finished, it’s March 15th so it was a super quick knit, and I’m happy with the results. Besides the front curling, but I’ll probably block it again and hope that takes care of it.

This Paton’s Classic Wool Merino is quickly becoming my go to worsted yarn! It’s cozy and not itchy and beautiful. I knit Caitlin’s Cardi in it, too, and couldn’t have been happier.

Damn You, Curly Fronts!

So, Mrs Darcy, I don’t know you very well since we didn’t spend a lot of time together, but that must be how people feel when they buy sweaters. Not a lot of emotional attachment. Weird.

Pattern: Mrs Darcy Cardigan

Yarn: Paton’s Classic Merino Wool in Red

Needles: Size 9

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