Finally! I have finished knitting my first sweater! Granted I didn’t think it would be this sweater but still.
Just as a reminder, here is the sweater in question.
And this is the pattern I used: Hermione Grainbow by J.R. Lockwood on Ravelry. I used Knit Picks Swish DK in Marble Heather, Peapod, Sugar Plum, Twilight, Carnation, Hollyberry, Honey, and Amethyst Heather on size 6 circular and DP needles.
I started knitting this sweater in October of 2012, got so tired of the repetitive stockinette stitch that I stopped, and picked it back up in August of 2013. It sat in my knitting bag with a finished back and half of a front; when I picked it up again, it took less than a month to finish the front and both sleeves.
That was the easy part.
I am not a fan of picking up stitches, I just don’t like it. I have a difficult time with it. I actually had to shush my mom when she tried to ask me a question while I picked up stitches for the collar. I got the right amount but ended up with a hole in the front on the right side just above the last red stripe. Easy fix with some scrap gray yarn and a little darning. The right side of the collar looks a little different from the left, but nothing a scarf or collared shirt can’t hide.
Mattress stitching is entirely new to me. I had read how to do it but had to watch 4 YouTube videos before it clicked…and that was after I used my typical whipstitch to graft the shoulders together (again, hiding with scarf or shirt).