Several years ago, my knitting bestie encouraged me to knit my first sweater. In order for me to actually do it, she suggested we do a knit-a-long (KAL) – and I agreed. This is the only sweater I have knitted, to date. It was a good experience, overall, despite my reasons for not wanting to knit sweaters, and I’m excited to share it with you today.
The Pattern + Yarn
Since I was a novice sweater knitter, I let my friend choose the pattern. She chose the Sea Salt sweater, which has an interesting construction that she was eager to try. And she assured me that I could do it. My main requirement in the pattern was yarn weight. I did not want to knit my first sweater with fingering weight yarn!
We went yarn shopping – always fun – and I didn’t have any color in mind. But I happened upon a Madelinetosh colorway that was perfect: Nectar. I was sold!
Sea Salt has a very unique construction. The upper bodice is knit side to side – and then you do the sleeves. You pick up stitches to continue the rest of the body in the round. The neck is added later.
I definitely relied on my friend to answer some of my questions, but the pattern was mostly straightforward and easy for even a novice sweater knitter.
Pattern: Sea Salt by Laura Aylor
Yarn: Madelinetosh DK Twist
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: about 15 months
I honestly can’t remember why it took me so long to finish this sweater. I think I had a question in the very beginning that caused me to set the project aside for a bit. But at the time, in 2015-2016, I wasn’t knitting nearly as much as I am now, so projects just took longer.
This sweater fits well but it’s not 100% comfortable when moving. And I don’t know how to explain why. But this has caused me to not wear it very much. That, along with the fact that I’m worried about messing it up – and all the reasons in my last post.
But I’m so proud of myself for knitting this sweater. I proved to myself that I can do it, even if it’s not something I will do a lot in the future.