Sea Salt Sweater
Knitting

Sea Salt Sweater

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!  

Construction

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.  

Sea Salt Sweater

Details

Pattern:  Sea Salt by Laura Aylor

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK Twist

Colorway: Nectar

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.

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