My First Knitted Sweater

I have never knit a scarf before. I have, however, knit the beginning of several scarves only to rip them out and declare that knitting is the most mind-numbing thing in the world. Then, on all of those occasions, I used that yarn to crochet something. Before the Geek-A-Long came into our lives, and even for a good while after, that was my only experience with knitting. But then Megan-Anne had MCATs, and suddenly I had to learn to double knit.

What can I say? Megan-Anne isn’t the only one in the family with a dramatic flair.

What I learned during my brief stint as knitter of the 2014 GAL blanket is that no one — and I mean, NO ONE — should ever knit a scarf as their first project. It’s rows and rows of monotony. For the love of Baby Alpaca, if you’re considering picking up knitting, start with a set of coasters or maybe a washcloth or something. I would’ve become an avid knitter much sooner if I had heeded Megan-Anne’s warning all those times and knitted something small first.

After I made a couple of squares for the 2014 Geek-A-Long, I started to understand why people loved this whole knitting thing. And then somehow Megan-Anne convinced me to skip the scarves, washcloths, and coasters to cast on a sweater. She whipped up an easy raglan sweater pattern for me and I got to work learning how to increase, decrease, and not cry when I dropped twenty stitches on accident.

I only had to rip out the yoke twice due to one newbie reason or another. I was assured that this was completely normal and “not a reason to Bogart all of the mini chocolate eclairs.” I humbly disagree. Starting over the yoke TWICE and making zero progress, is definitely a reason not to share ones mini chocolate eclairs.

Third time was the charm and I got through the yoke just fine. I even started to enjoy shaping the neckline.

I’m not sure if I’ve been watching Megan-Anne knit so long that I already halfway know how to do things before she shows me, if being an advanced crocheter translates to being a beginner-intermediate knitter, or if Megan-Anne is really just that good at teaching people how to knit. I suppose it’s some combination thereof, but I managed to join for the neckline and put my stitches on a holder for the sleeves.

I learned Magic Loop to knit the sleeves. It was fun and exciting at first. But then halfway through the first one, it started to feel like making a scarf again. I might’ve accidentally abandoned the second sleeve to work on the collar instead.

I actually finished knitting my sweater back in September, but I had all these pesky ends that needed to be woven in from my color changes. So, I ended up learning how to knit socks instead of dealing with it. Talk about knitshame. A couple days ago, however, I actually sat down with a tiny crochet hook, season 1 of X-Files,  and got to work weaving in all those ends. I should have done it while I knitted the sweater, but c’est la vie!

I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Halfway through the body, I was worried my gauge had loosened up too much and the sweater would be too baggy. But, it’s a comfy amount of baggy, perfect for lazy Saturday afternoons or grabbing a latte with friends.

Do you still wear the first sweater you knitted?

“Why did they assign me to you in the first place, Mulder? To debunk your work, to rein you in, to shut you down…” — Dana Scully