So I recently steeked my first sweater, and am insanely proud of it.
It all started about a year ago, when another Raveler sent me a message asking if I wanted to trade some of my extra 4ply cotton (9 skeins) for some Cascade220 (8 skeins). Sounded good to me, so I said yes.
Once I had a sweater’s worth of Cascade on my hands, I started seeking patterns. I soon fell in love with the Bountiful Bohus from More Big Girl Knits. Canadian Living even had the pattern online for free. It was beautiful and needed two extra colors – and I had two coordinating colors of Paton’s Classic Merino wool in stash. Perfect. A “free” sweater is enough to make a grad student jump with glee.
I took a class on steeking in Rhinebeck in October, where I learned how to knit with two colors (easy peasy, since I can knit English and continental). So in November, I got knitting. I love things knitted in the round. 🙂 I was able to try it on as I went, which helped a lot. The fit is just perfect (I knit the 48) and the waist shaping is just awesome. I’ll probably use it on other projects.
The buttons are lovely – I picked them out at the Yarn Barn in Woodbridge. They have an interesting shape and a lovely mother-of-pearl sheen to them.
I just need to get a picture on me – it looks great. I’m sooo proud and can’t wait to knit my next sweater!