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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Big Bulky Knit Sweater - It's Finished and it's MINE!

After Christmas and all the projects I did for others, I felt the urge to make something for myself. I scoured my patterns and discovered this sweater pattern I had picked up from one of those little pads that hang off the yarn shelves in stores such as Michael's. I didn't have any of the yarn called for in the pattern, and I really did not want to go out and purchase new yarn when I have so much sitting in my cabinet. I tried a sample of this yarn, leftover from the wedding gift afghan I had made for my niece, and two strands of it held together worked up exactly to gauge. I gathered my needles and stitch markers and got to work.

I am happy to report that it is now complete!

Big Bulky Knit SweaterThe color is probably not something I would have chosen for myself, although green is a good color for me. But this was a good way to use up some of the leftover yarn, about 12 skeins to be exact.

Big Bulky Knit SweaterSee that thick cozy neckline? It is knit onto each front side as part of each piece. The only finishing work on the collar is to sew the back seam together and then turn under the center facings and whip stitch them to the inside of the sweater...very easy!

Big Bulky Knit Sweater

Big Bulky Knit SweaterThe turning row was marked by slipping a certain stitch on the knit side along the entire length of each front piece. This made a nice edge on the collar after it was turned and stitched.

Big Bulky Knit SweaterAnd there's the back view of the turned collar and the rest of the sweater. You can see here that the bottom edge of the sweater as well as the ends of the sleeves turn up just a bit. This is because each piece begins with stockinette stitch which tends to roll on the edges. It's a design feature in this pattern, not an oversight!

So that's my latest project done just for me. It is very cozy, but quite bulky to wear. I think if it had been knit using just one strand of a heavier yarn, it wouldn't feel so substantial. But this is what you get when trying to use up yarn from your stash! I am pleased with how it turned out and will enjoy wearing it once our temperatures climb a little bit away from frigid and get into something a little more mild, like above freezing! Then it will be perfect to wear on its own to keep me warm and cozy.

I finished my first bag from the Bagalicious Club whose button you may have noticed on my sidebar recently. It is just so stinking cute and I can't wait to show it to you, so stay tuned!

Happy Stitching!

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