A few months ago, if someone asked me whether I swatched my wool before knitting the full item, I would ask, “What the heck does a 80’s wrist watch fad have to do with knitting?”
Now I know better, so you can stop laughing or yelling at the screen over my stupidity.
Before I made this, my very first sweater, I did swatch. Thank you, knitting podcasts’ authors, for letting me know what that was all about. I was lucky because the pattern’s swatch didn’t require I wash it, so it means I cheated – I swatched and, making sure I was spot on, ripped it all out; I wasn’t sure I’d have enough for the whole project.
That, by the way, was stupidity #2, because I bought a whole cone for the project and it turns out I had about half of it left after I was done. Stop laughing.
I had a lot of firsts for this one: first sweater, first pattern with increases and decreases, first i-cord, first silk yarn and also, first blocking. Considering the length of the whole thing, I think I was quite quick (obsessed with) finishing it. Took me about three weeks, I believe.
I have worn it since, and although it does fit, it’s a tad big. I don’t know exactly where I went wrong, since the measurements the pattern called for were right for me, and the swatching was also spot on. However, I did find out my tension changes depending whether I knit in the round or flat, meaning I am a tighter knitter in the round, and – stupidity #3! – didn’t change to smaller needles when I started knitting flat; this explains why it’s a tad wider on the shoulders, but not on the waistline.
So… moment of truth: I am happy with it, it was my first try, but… I am thinking whether I’d have the courage to rip it off and start again. Argh.
The pattern is Whit’s Knits: Silken Straw Summer Summer Sweater, and I used 4mm circular needles. I got the pattern here and the yarn (which is not the same brand as what they call for, but the same type and weigh) here.