Thursday, September 6, 2012

~ My first sweater!

Hello there!! How are you all doing?

It's been a while and I'm sorry for the silence, I just got back from a vacation and I'm so happy to be back to blog land. Thank you so much for your visit and kind comments during the time, that really warms my heart. Hope you had a great time. For me, I know I had!

Well, you know what I took with me on the vacation, of course it must be something crocheting/knitting! I picked out a WIP sweater to work on the go, tried every moment I could on this project, and when I was home, it was almost finished! I just needed to work on the finishing and you know how excited I was to get it all done and blocked and pictured to show you! My very first sweater! Yay!!!


When I found this pattern at Pickles, I couldn't wait to give it a try! This is the first time I tried to knit a sweater so honestly I was not expecting it would fit me perfectly like this! You can guess how much thrilled I am! I am wearing a sweater I knitted myself!


Name of the pattern is "Norwegian Summer Sweater", but for such a tropical country like Vietnam it's obviously not for summer at all! I so much love the yoke, how about you? :)

Another view from the arm:

This sweater pattern is knitted bottom-up, very quick and easy to make, perfect project for even beginners (like me). For this first try I used the yarn available in my stash, and also modified a bit on the original pattern for the bottom and the yoke (as I just don't like the curl of stk. stitches). 

- Yarn: Bernat Super Value: 1 skein in Forest Green and about 0.25 skein in Magenta.  
- Needles: Circular 32": 5mm for the ribbing and 6mm for the rest to get correct gauge.
- Modifications: - Bottom: Made 6 rounds of ribbing instead of stockinette.
                             - Yoke: Added 6 rounds of ribbing.

A closer look at the yoke I'm just in love with:

I got a small problem when blocking this however. After checking some instructions on Internet about blocking, I decided to block with spraying method. Everything should have been going well if my silly hand then hadn't reached a hot iron and put on the sweater (as a try with hoping it would become smoother): a little part of the fabric got too stretchy and the stitches there got so loose! Fortunately I stopped using the iron right away and the damaged area is just small so it's hard to realize. Anyway it's an experience sometimes we have to pay for. I will NEVER use a hot iron on knitted fabric again! I turned to wet blocking and it looked so pretty after getting completely dry. Lay on desk:


... and on me! I can't wait until the winter comes to wear this (well, winter here lasts only a few days, though!)

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending your time reading my post. I'm off to check yours out - my inspirations always!!

~ Wishing everyone a great day ♥
Hugs, LS

P.S. I have added the link to the pattern for the bolero I showed on my last post. Hope you can find something useful there.

38 comments:

Monique said...

Wow, that's a nice sweater. Very well done!
It fits perfectly.

Groetjes, Monique

Innestemmen said...

Aaaah, well done!! Fits u perfectly, and I love the colours =))
Siv xx

Dalisa said...

Hi ,that's a very nice sweater you made!! And it fits you perfectly. Bye bye Dalisa

Lily Bets said...

...really gorgeus!!!!You are very very full of talent!!!I love violet!

Mopo said...

I can't believe it! It's so nice and perfect!
You're very good at knitting!
I'm just at the beginning and I don't Know if I'll ever knit a sweater like yours...
Have a great day!
Mopo

cristina said...

Congratullations for your first sweater! it's very nice!

susie said...

Good morning LS and that's your first knitted sweater !!
WAUW !!!! My compliments girl :))
What a talent !! Nice colors.

Lovely greetings , hug :)

El Olor de Cádiz said...

HOLA LOVESTITCH QUERIDA !!!!! TENGO QUE FELICITARTE AL 100 X 100, POR ESTE TRABAJO TUYO.... QUE BONITO !!!!!IDEAL PARA EL TIEMPO QUE NOS ESPERA AQUI AHORA. CON UNOS COLORES IDEALES... EN FIN, QUE ME GUSTA MUCHO. ME ALEGRO DE SALUDARTE, GUAPA. MUCHOS BESOS.

becktovintage said...

Ooo dear friend, You sweather is extra ordinary beautiful.. And your knitting is so perfect... After I have completed my crochet projects I will again begin knitting sometihngs for myself...:))
All happy days...

Naturally Carol said...

I am amazed that you chose to knit anything living in such a warm climate. You do knit beautifully however and I love your new jumper and am very impressed by the neckline and the stripes.

Mereknits said...

The sweater is perfect!!!! You did a great job, there is just nothing at all like your first knitted sweater, lots of hard work that pays off. Love the colors and the neckline. You look fantastic in it.
Hugs,
Meredith

jee Q said...

beautiful!

Sangeetha said...

Wow... one lovely sweater. No wonder you are waiting for winter. You are right, the yoke is wonderful and your work is so neat. It fits you perfectly and you are looking great in it. I would like to knit something for winter but with my knitting speed maybe winter of 2014!? Ha ha.
Love.

LindaCrochets said...

Beautiful sweater! Nice colors!! Knitting is something I never learned how to do...but would love to give it a try someday!

Nintendo Lizzy said...

Wow, it turned out great! Maby I should try it out myself?

Fiu said...

beautiful!

Kris said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful!

Mary said...

That is so beautiful! You did an awesome job. I want to try that pattern now. :)

I have to say, I think your sweater is better than the one in the pattern. I like your ribbing on the bottom.

Well done!

by Teresa said...

Wow, it fits PERFECTLY! Bravo! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Rudee said...

It's gorgeous, and you're right, it does fit you perfectly! Nicely done.

rett og vrang said...

Of course you can knit! Big smile from Synnøve

Eveline said...

wow! It looks great! Job well done!

Luna said...

welcome back...sweater is so pretty ,don't know how to knit but I will give a try and learn the stitches first.What do you think?

happy week :0)

lovestitch said...

@Luna: Thank you!
Sure you should try! I also taught myself knitting and believe me, knitting is fun! The knit stitch is the first basic stitch we learn, it's so easy - so excited for you! Videos on Youtube help!!!

Dinah said...

hi lovestitch..very beautiful, i should try it..:))

glor said...

The sweater is beautiful, great fit and I love the colors. Superb!

Linda said...

Wow that is super cute!

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Oh, it`s gorgeous! Love that neckline. I may just make myself one ... or three, lol!

Celeste said...

Pour un début c'est une réussite!!!!!!
Très bon choix de couleurs.
Bon weekend.Celeste

Tammy said...

Congrats on your first sweater. Job well done. I've never crocheted anything with arms ... except a teddy bear ... certainly nothing wearable. :) Have a great weekend. Tammy

Sandy said...

It looks awesome, I can't believe it's your first sweater. I must check out that pattern. Only 1 skein of green...wow.

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

You are quite the prolific knitter now! What an awesome sweater - fun colors and superb fit. Always inspired when I get to stop by. Have a lovely day, my friend :-)

Aisyah Helga said...

Your sweater is beautiful! Love the colours!

Faith said...

great job on your first sweater..quite an undertaking. You have alot of patience...and I like the jar cover, something quick and and colorful...a nice break in between projects...looking forward to see what else you are going to make...

Veja said...

My compliments and admiration. Very neat raglan perfectly matched colors.

Romi-damelalata- said...

really is the first one??!! OMG!!
congrats!! you look like an expert!! :D

Elizabeth Braun said...

That's great! I must get that pattern...

Creative Cake-Tea said...

Love these sweaters! I wish I understood how to read knitting patterns so I could attempt to make some sweaters! But, sadly it is still like a whole other language to me! Ha

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