Believe it or not, but I knitted an entire sweater. A sweater that is wearable! I feel as if I’m rediscovering the joys of when I first starting sewing, especially the moments of hesitation that finally results in pride and accomplishment.
The pattern is Le Cirque from the book Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle. I found the book in my local library, and out the hundreds of books there, this was the only book with multiple patterns I liked and could envision myself wearing. Most books only had one pattern I’d consider, and then the majority of books had patterns I’ll never touch. But to each their own, right?
My yarn is MountainTop Vail by Classic Elite Yarns and I purchased seven hanks from The Knitting Fairy. However I only used 5.2 skeins so there will be a hat made with my leftover yarn. I can’t recommend The Knitting Fairy enough, the owner and her daughter helped me a ton. As this was my first attempt ever at making a sweater, you bet I needed some explanations and guidance. I started with a humble gauge swatch and they inspected it to help me figure out my needle size.
I have my own complicated system for remembering rows. I write the numbers, circle any special rows where increases happen, and then when I have to repeat I draw squares around them for elimination. I don’t trust my ability to “read” my knitting so I prefer keeping meticulous notes to ensure that my sleeves are the same length.
Speaking of out of town, that is the best part about knitting – it’s a lot more portable than sewing. And other than a calculation every now and then, it’s also quite mindless and I can zone out. Not so much with sewing. And lately life has been a bit up-and-down so I appreciate being able to knit to let me decompress and let my mind figure things out. I find with sewing I must be 100% focused on sewing, but with knitting my mind is allowed to wander to other thoughts.
I made the sleeves too long so I cuffed them on the first yo/k2tog rows and the length was perfect. Whew! I was told there was a way to remove the excess yarn to shorten it, but I didn’t want to mess with that for my first sweater. Keeping it as simple as possible was my goal.
Pattern: Le CirqueLe Cirque from Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Mountaintop Vail from The Knitting Fairy
Ravelry Page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/cathytxtwfr/le-cirque-cowlneck-sweater