Thursday, 10 July 2008

My first sweater

I've decided that since I've been knitting for almost a year it's time to start on my first sweater project. My niece's 15th birthday is coming up at the end of September and so the sweater will go to her when it's complete.

Ravelry is a haven for patterns (read: free) and so I selected the Springtime Tee designed by Melissa Leapman. I think it's gorgeous and surprisingly there are only three of us on Ravelry who are working on it. (I'm using Bernat Handicrafter yarn in off-white: it's soft, inexpensive, and because it's 100% cotton so will wash up easily.)

Here is the back, with the first lace pattern repeat completed:

Back of Springtime Tee, first lace repeat

This is a close-up of the same:

Back of Springtime Tee, close-up of first lace repeat

This is how the lace repeat on BACK piece looks when finished:

Back of Springtime Tee, 4 lace repeats completed and beginning of St st

I'm loving how this is going and I think that my niece will like the completed sweater. I've finished the St st (measuring 13 1/3 inches from the bottom) and right now I'm working on shaping the armholes. It looks like I may need to frog a bit - either I'm counting wrong, or the pattern is wrong... :-)