Today I finished my first knitted sweater. I used the Ulveunger pattern by Filcolana. The pattern is very well written.
I had a few issues with the sweater, but the problem is not with the pattern, it comes from me, because I am not used to bigger projects.
1. I used the correct yarn weight, but I did not use the correct needle size – back in March when I started, I thought that the difference between 3.00mm and 3.50mm is not so big and I didn’t know what gauge was 😀 (funny now…) So the sweater that was supposed to be for 4 years old child, is now probably for a 5 or even a 6 year old 😀 My son is sick this week, so he is not in the mood for posing, but I snapped a picture, you can check it in my Instagram feed – https://www.instagram.com/lensandyarn/
2. I did not count the yarn for the stranded knitting, meaning I thought I would be OK with the colors I had in my stash. Ooops, no, in the middle of the sweater I came short of the background color and guess what…there was no more of that colorway in the shop, so I had to choose another color. Thus the two backgrounds. 😀
3. I did not understand well how to do the sleeves. I am not sure if I misread or didn’t completely understand the instructions, but my sleeves are not the same:D It’s not that bad, but still, I know it…
What I actually learned!
1. Read the pattern really well before even casting on. And do not start a new part of the garment at 22.30 when it’s actually time to go to sleep…
2. Check well if you have enough supplies, remember that stranded knitting and cables take more yarn. For a bigger project, I think it’s better to order/buy yarn specifically for that project. For smaller stuff like hats, mittens and socks, and other one skein projects it may be ok to use yarn from your stash :))
3. Swatch!! Obviously that’s an important part for getting the gauge right!
4. I learned how to do raglan sleeves on a knitted sweater.
5. I learned how to pick up and knit the neck edge.
I know it’s nothing special, but you knit and you learn…
And now! I am casting another sweater, but this one is knitted flat. :))
3 thoughts on “What I learned from knitting my first sweater…”
I think everyone has been warned about swatching but doesn’t really believe it until they learn the hard way hahaha. If you hadn’t mentioned it, I wouldn’t have noticed the “design elements” you added to the sweater 🙂 It looks great! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂
That is a great accomplishment for a first sweater, and you’ve learned a lot of great lessons for the ones you will make in the future!
Lydia and Sarah, thank you for your nice comments, ladies 🙂
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