Wednesday, 14 October 2015

FO - Custom Fit Sweater

I'm really excited to share this FO with you today. It's my first attempt at making up my own sweater pattern. I started back in May with a swatch and after taking lots of measurements and following this guide and this cable pattern I ended up with this :-)

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Working out where to start the cable was a bit tricky and I'm not entirely happy with it as I'd have liked something that grew out of the collar in a more organic way but that's just me being knitpicky.

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The collar was the next challenge. Sleeves and the body of the sweater were fairly straight forward providing I kept an eye on the fit but the collar had me daunted for a while. In the end I was a bit sneaky and based it on the collar from the Abernathy Sweater which uses short rows to shape it so it sits nicely. I'm really rather pleased with this bit given how much it was worrying me. It naturally wants to sit in the right place, it doesn't pull on his neck and will keep him nice and cosy.

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I've really enjoyed the challenge of making my own design. I've knitted quite a few raglan sweaters in my time so that part was fairly easy for me but the process of working out stitch counts and shaping took a bit more brain power. I definitely fancy doing it again although I expect my next sweater WIP will be designed by someone else so I can just enjoy the knitting lol.

Mr Soaring Sheep seems rather pleased with it too which is always the main thing!

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Linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along and Nicole's Keep Calm Craft On

25 comments:

  1. It looks great, you should be really proud of yourself

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    1. Thank you :) I should probably be modest but yeah I'm rather proud of myself lol

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  2. WOW. That is a beautiful sweater, and the fact that you did all of the figuring yourself is amazing. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you :) The raglan part wasn't too tricky once I knew my gauge, it was working out the neckline and how to start the cables that had my brain hurting lol

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  3. It looks great! I love that little shawl collar detail. I bet you are super proud of this one, and you should be. Wonderful work.

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    1. Thank you :) Yeah I'm really pleased with it

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  4. Fantastic! It really suits your husband and the jumper looks so good too!! I think that the collar and the cable work really well together! xx

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    1. Thank you :) Considering I winged a lot of it, it's not turned out too bad lol

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  5. Splendid job! I also like how he's so patient to pose. I wonder if coworkers notice his jumper to which he can proudly say my wife knitted this for me.

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    1. Thank you :) He knows that if he wants a handknit he has to pose for photos, that's the deal lol. I don't think he's worn it to work yet, I'll have to ask him. He gets lots of compliments when he wears his knitted socks lol

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  6. It is perfect!!! Lovely job, you go girl.

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  7. Wow! Impressive! I like the yarn and I noticed the clever collar right away!

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    1. Thank you :) The yarn is just Cascade 220 in the Mallard colourway, it's really nice in real life

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  8. I am wildly impressed. I would be impressed if you had followed a pattern, but to think that you designed this! The cable is just beautiful and the collar is perfect. I am very glad that Mr. Soaring Sheep appreciates your accomplishment!

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    1. Thank you :) He's very knit worthy :)

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  9. you have done an amazing job you should be so super proud.

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    1. Thank you :) I am definitely proud of this sweater :)

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  10. That's a success. I especially like the collar.

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  11. Oh my that is gorgeous, good on you for getting through the hard bits and it looks perfect - well done. And he looks very pleased with it, which, as you say, is the main thing!

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  12. Very nice sweater there. Looks like a great fit as well. Congratulations.

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  13. BEAUTIFUL sweater!!! I love how he is calm and reserved in the photos :) You did an awesome job!!!

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  14. Wow, I think it looks amazing! Well done.

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