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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!

Summer Knit Along FOs! Part Two

Our KAL ended a couple weeks ago and there were a few knitters who finished on time. Naturally there were some knitters that ran a little behind! We’ve been following their progress on on our KAL forums and now we’re ready to show of the next round!

Katie's Make Up Your Mind!

Stefanie's The Loop Entrelac Tank!

Emily's The Loop Entrelac Tank!

Gillian's The Loop Entrelac Tank

Kiley's The Loop Entrelac Tank

Sonia's Make Up Your Mind!

Everyone did such an amazing job! And something tells me there is going to be a part three with even more finished sweaters.

And another KAL is in the works! We’re going to vote in a few weeks. If you’ve got suggestions for big wooly sweaters shoot them my way.

FO: The Loop Entrelac Tank

I know. It’s showing off. Yesterday I got to show you my Make Up Your Mind tank and today I’ve got my The Loop Entrelac Tank hot off the needles!

The Loop! Looking Sexy!

Yes, I paid too much for that tiny skirt so I’m getting it as much face time as humanly possible, and trying to prove to myself that it can be worn with anything! My Make Up Your Mind AND my The Loop Entrelac Tank!

Just Chilling by the Logs!

But enough about the skirt, let’s talk about that tank! I expressed my concern for it being too small when I finished the front, so I added more stitches when I cast on for the back, increased more than was instructed, and blocked aggressively. And it fits! I wish it had a little more flow in the tummy area, but it fits and I’m just going to have to eat like a tiny bird when I wear it.

Boob Shot

Could the construction of the front of this tank be any more flattering? From the yarn over increases to where the entrelac is placed and crisscrossed, it all works. I like it in one color, too! It’s almost too commercial looking, you know?

Yep! Arnold is Still Under There!

The one thing I’m not happy with is the side seam. I really don’t know what I was thinking with the visible, hole increases. It looks messy. But with boobs like that who is going to be looking at my seams? AM I RIGHT?!

Cute!

I’m really happy I revisited this pattern. It was fun to knit (besides that never ending K1P1 rib in the back that I neglected to take a picture of!), turned out great, and totally wearable. I hope you guys all had as much fun knitting it as I did!

Pattern: My The Loop Entrelac Tank

Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Sport in Bermuda Heather

Needles: Size 4s and 7s

Ravelry Project Page

KAL Week 8 – Let the Fat Lady Sing!

WE’RE DONE! We started this adventure 8 weeks ago and this week we’re finishing up. Can you believe it?! Time flies when you’re knitting a pattern you love.

Make Up Your Mind

Biblioholic's Make Up Your Mind!

We made it through a challenging week last week and finished up the front. Next up? Knit that back! Julie’s instructions are super straight forward – just make sure you’re checking your stitch count every few rows and keeping your lace rib on on pattern and you’ll be fine.

Lisa's Make Up Your Mind!

This Week’s Make Up Your Mind Goal: Finish the back of Make Up Your Mind! You are putting your held back stitches back on your needles, joining your yarn, and working those back stitches. You’ll be decreasing for a bit, then increasing for a bit, then binding off for the back of your neck before you graft, or three needle bind off, those straps together.

BONUS GOAL: Remember that if you started week 1 with the Cellular Stitch the bottom of your tank will curl so you’ll have to add a few rows of single crochet to the bottom of your tank to weight it down a little. Four rows should do it and look fantastic!

Weave in those ends, block it to work those pattern stitches down a little, and you are DONE!

The Loop Entrelac Tank

Bibliholic's The Loop Entrelac Tank!

And yet again we are in the same spot with The Loop Entrelac Tank as we are in the Make Up Your Mind! We’re finishing up the back of the tank and adding our rounds of single crochet to the bottom.

Rachel's The Loop Entrelac Tank!

This Week’s The Loop Entrelac Tank Goal: Finish the back! When you finish the back of the tank you’ll want to finish all your seaming. If you were like me I was only seaming one side to get the perfect sizing as I was knitting, so I had to take some time to seam the other side. Get a friend to help you figure out where your straps are supposed to be attached and seam those to the back of your tank.

Mary-Margaret's The Loop!

Crochet Edge: Starting at a side seam, work four rounds of single crochet around the bottom of the tank. This will keep your bottom from curling without adding unflattering bottom rib so the top stays loose and flowy.

Weave in your ends, block out any issues, and you’re done!

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First off, pat yourselves on the back! You finished your sweaters! That wasn’t so hard, was it? Remember to send me FO shots because I want to see you rocking out all your hard work!

And thank you so much for knitting along with me. I had an amazing time watching your sweaters take shape, sharing knitting stories, and problem solving with all of you. We’ll be casting on for another knit along soon so I’ll keep you posted!

Thanks again and I can’t wait to do it again soon.

SO CLOSE! KAL Sweater Progress

Our ‘easy’ Make Up Your Mind knit along sweater took a turn this week when we all had to be problem solvers to get through the armhole shaping.

Make Up Your Mind Front!

I don’t like binding off on lace rows and needing to count over and over to see if I’m on, so I just ended up cutting my yarn after the armhole bind off row, slipping my needles back through the front stitches, and reattaching my yarn so I can work a RS row right after the armhole shaping row. I took a look at the Make Up Your Mind FOs on ravelry and there are bunch of projects with a St st stripe right across the boobs, or a hitch in the lace rib pattern right there. It’s such a shame! Should have been knitting along with us, right?!

The Back! The Back!

My knitting schedule has been a little cramped while I’m in Michigan with the babies (knitting during nap times!) but I’m making it happen! I got an awesome start on the back of my The Loop Entrelac Tank. It’s almost done!

Seaming As I Go

I’m regretting it now, but I thought having cute little holes along my side seams, so I did an open M1 increase instead of a KFB and it looks really sloppy. Luckily that’s just the side seam! It will just drive me crazy since no one else will see it.

And yes! In the pictures on the pattern the back is in a K2P2. I changed the pattern last minute to a K1P1 because I thought it would look better and I think I’m right! Doesn’t the back look awesome? And that will suck in the top better, too, to give you a nicer fit.

It’s going to be HOT in Michigan this weekend, so I’ll be in the baby pool and laying in front of a fan watching Harry Potter. I wish you the same!