Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sweater #1 Finished!

I finished my Stilwell on Wednesday and finally had a chance to take pictures! This past week I was on vacation for the first part of the week and at a conference for the second. The time off combined with all the knitting I did over New Year's weekend meant I finished a sweater in a record 15 days! Here she is:




pattern: Stilwell by Jared Flood
yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed HW in colors Morning Glory (MC) and Snowshoe (CC)
needles: 6s for stockinette, 8s, for colorwork, and 5s for the placket
raveled: Stilwell

I made a lot of modifications to this pattern. As the pattern is written, the hip measurement is smaller than the bust measurement, and the body is pretty darn short. Maybe Jared has a couple of friends on the U.S. Olympic swimming and diving teams and designed it for them. Most women I know aren't built like that. To solve these issues, I cast on the numbers of stitches required for the XL size and then did most of the waist shaping decreases. I only did enough increases to bring the stitch count up needed for the L size. For the length problem, I didn't start the waist decreases until I finished the bottom colorwork band.

 

I decided to shorten up the sleeves by an inch and a half so it was more 3/4-length sleeves and less wrist-length sleeves. I adjusted the sleeve circumference by casting on two extra pattern repeats for a total of 45 stitches on each sleeve (knit two-at-a-time).


The only part of the sweater I wasn't happy with was the collar. I was originally planning on just doing a simple collar of a couple of garter rows but the neck opening was slightly boatnecky for my taste so I decided that the shawl collar would be best. I didn't want a collar that was as tall the one in the pattern. Instead of doing short rows as written, I did *k1, w&t* to space them out and shorten the height of the collar.




Overall, I'm very happy with this sweater. It's shaped nicely and fits well. You know why? Because I swatched! I actually had to do two swatches for this sweater: one for the plain stockinette section and one for the colorwork, both knit in the round. If I had used the needle size recommended by the pattern, it would have turned out way too big, which would have meant a lot of frogging to correct it. I spent a couple of hours swatching and it saved me a lot of heartache!


I have a pair of socks on the needles that I plan on finishing this week and a scarf for my local yarn store's January/February knit-a-long. With any luck I'll have another Finished Object post by the end of the week!

27 comments:

  1. My goodness! You are such and inspiration! Keep it up! =D

    Oh, and of course the sweater is gorgeous!!! =D

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  2. Yay! Fabulous sweater - well done for all the mods to make it your sweater - you got a great fit by the looks of it

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  3. Beautiful sweater, it looks really great on you.
    Especially love the colour combination.

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  4. I can't believe I actually found this interesting to read, and not just because you're my sister! So cute Allison!

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  5. Congrats on your first sweater! I look forward to seeing more! This one is beautiful! Nicely done.

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  6. Wow!!
    Really beautiful work and in such a short time with your hectic schedule. The color looks good on you.

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  7. Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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  8. 15 days?! I'm so impressed - it looks amazing :) I love the mods you made to make sure it fit exactly right - I always get so intimidated by that, but yours seem to have worked perfectly!

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  9. I love the colors. It looks great.

    And I agree with Mikka. 15 days is impressively quick.

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  10. OMG!!! That is so pretty! You did a fantastic job.

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  11. 15 days? You're my idol! You have a very nice blog and you knit beautifully! Nice mods! It's perfect!

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  12. Beautiful sweater! Have you done socks before? I knit my first pair of socks last winter, and it took my 3 months to finish the 2nd one...but at least I did it. I wish I could make more, but they are not easy!!!

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    1. Yep, socks are one of my favorite projects. Last year I believe I knit 6 socks from Cookie A.'s new book. Doing socks two-at-a-time definitely helps speed up the process!

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  13. Beautiful sweater! It's nice to know that swatches don't always lie since I've got one soaking on the kitchen counter now.

    Also, 15 days for a sweater? Awesome.

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  14. That is just amazing. I love your idea of 12 sweaters this year. Congrats on your wonderful new blog! Can't wait to see all that comes from it.

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  15. Great mods and wonderful work. Wear your new sweater with joy!

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  16. Awesome sweater! What an undertaking to knit a sweater a month! I can't wait to see all the sweaters you choose!

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  17. I love, love, LOVE your sweater, and your blog in general! What an awesome, inspiring idea! Keep up the great work, and best of luck with sweater #2 and beyond! :)

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  18. Beautiful work, and perfect fit. I have the same issue with patterns being written with a narrow hip circumference... You've inspired me to go finish a couple of UFO's I've had hanging around ;) Do you already have a queue of sweaters lined up, or are you winging it?

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    1. Thanks! This is my list of possible sweaters for this year, although I don't have it narrowed down to 12. I'll have to make some tough decisions near the end of theyear.

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  19. I love your Stilwell! I knit one for my daughter out of City Tweed and loved the way it knit up. Great pictures too!

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  20. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your sweater. The colorwork is great!

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  21. Gorgeous sweater! Nothing better than starting the year of warm and toasty.

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  22. absolutely gorgeous - love the colours you chose :)

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  23. Lovely sweater!! I always swatch for sweaters, seems silly not to with a project that takes so long.

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  24. Wow! Your sweater is beautiful. Nice work. I can't wait to see your progress throughout the year.

    Jill
    www.unravelingthestash.com

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