Today is a very nice day.
For one, it’s Halloween. But Zepp is the only one who dressed up:
For two, Dan and I are celebrating our four year anniversary. Can you believe it? Look at us four years ago:
And three, I am wearing my very first top-down sweater!:
I’ve worn things I’ve sewn before, but there’s something special and different about knitting. I love the fact that I get to watch the fabric and the garment take shape at the same time. It’s an entirely different kind of satisfaction.
I didn’t invent this. I followed a pattern from Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel. I’ve followed patterns before, but I really went out of my way to make sure I had the proper yarn and the proper needles.
Patience really is a virtue.
Especially when you want something to fit properly.
I am also completely infatuated with top-down sweater knitting. It’s magical. I love having my sleeves waiting for me on scrap yarn while I finish the rest of the body. AND the only seaming that had to be done was the sleeves and a little bit of the collar.
This is a great way to introduce yourself into sweater knitting. It’s no fuss. It’s easy. The pattern is adaptable. I followed the pattern for when to start the ribbing – the high ribbing was actually what drew me to the design in the first place. But you could easily extend the knitted part on the sleeves and/or body longer for a shorter ribbed section.
I’m also excited about this because it looks like a pattern I can really play with. A lot of exciting twists and turns can be taken from a simple knit pattern. I have a lot of this yarn left (I’m always afraid of running out!), and I think I will be seeing what else I can learn from understanding the basics of this patter.
For now, I will be spending the rest of this lovely fall day with my family. Later, Dan will be taking me to a real restaurant where we will drink red wine and eat delicious Italian food!