Friday, August 10, 2007

Ta da! I can't believe I knitted this!

I knitted it in Austermann Bambou Soft in Burgundy (color 019).
I am not an experienced knitter; I started knitting about 18 months ago, this is my second sweater, the first one was a plain stockinette short sleeve top-down.
As I mentioned before, if I were to do it again, I would knit it in the round.
If you knit in the round, be sure to mark the 'seams' clearly before you start the cable part.
I knit them all flat and sliped the first stitch in each row; I think that was a big mistake too. Since each one of the slipped stitches spans two rows, figuring out the horizontal bars to pickup for the seam was difficult. I later read somewhere that if the edge is going to be stitched together, then one should not slip the first stitches.
The cable part was quite easy and fun to do, I practiced a few repeats on my swatch.
All said and done, I think this was a great learning experience and a very satisfying one too.
If someone had told me two years ago that I will be knitting the sweater on the cover of IK, I would have just laughed :)
If you have any questions send me e-mail, I'll be happy to answer.


Knittymuggins said...

Looks beautiful!! You should be really proud of yourself for making such a gorgeous garment :) Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

Gorgeous work! I love the colour too. You must be proud of this and thanks for all the info as well. It really has been helpful to me to read about some of the problems you encountered as you knitted this sweater! Thanks!!

Nicole said...

It's beautiful! That color is stunning!

MsLindz said...

I love the color - it looks great! Thanks for sharing the information about the pattern, gives me some things to consider before starting mine.

vasantha said...

Thanks for the all the positive comments and encouragement.
I learnt most of my knitting from the web, starting with Amy Finlay's videos. Have been on the sidelines reading a lot of knitters' blogs and devouring all the information. I thought it was time for me to join in and share whatever little I could.