I'm finally making a sweater from my beautiful Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky Garnet Heather yarn! (That's a mouthful!) I've been wanting to make a sweater to sell on my Etsy site for a few months now. After looking around online, I couldn't find a pattern that I could knit AND sell without getting into copyright infringement issues, so I decided to make my own pattern! Over ambitious, right!?? I think so.
I don't have any experience designing knitwear but with the help of my old friend Debbie Stoller I'm doing my best! I've got my Stitch and Bitch Nation book and a few measuring tapes. I'm gonna figure this out.
I made some Stockinette swatches on a size 10 needle and a few on a size 8, I ultimately decided on the size 8.
I made some Cabled swatches too and in the end I decided to add another section to the cable portion to flesh it out a bit.
My game plan is for this to be a hi-low, drop shoulder sweater with minimal shaping and 3/4 length sleeves. So far I have worked a few inches on the front panel then blocked it to get an accurate size representation, and I am almost finished with the back panel. My challenge now is the neck shaping (which is pretty scary, not gonna lie) but I will persevere!
It's going along swimmingly so far, but I'll keep you updated, I'm nervous, yet optimistic! I have no guarantees that this guy will ever show up on the website since it's my very first try at sweater designing but my hopes are high and I'm using all my years of experience as a seamstress to guide me on this new journey!
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Thanks for reading!
AFA was launched in 2015 as a craft and lifestyle blog. It has since morphed into a full time knitting blog! Here you'll find pattern and yarn reviews as well as a smattering of recipes and original patterns.