1 sweater, 1 year
I want to knit a sweater. For me. In yarn I love working with. That doesn't cost a bundle in case it turns out to be a complete disaster. Maybe this is too much pressure for my first adult sweater? I am giving myself a year to do this so that should help.
But which pattern should I pick (this list is no particular order)?
Sonnet? I could pick any yarn and figure out the rest. I like that concept. I don't like how wide the neckline is for what seems like a cardigan and it is boxy.
Kyoto? Lots of seaming, which I've been avoiding like the plague. Seed stitch, which I alternately love and hate. It looks very boxy so it might not be the most flattering on short-short, kind of curvy me.
Something Red? (the long sleeve version I think). My favorite black fitted cardigan is dying a slow death. This could replace it (that is even about how I buttoned my black cardigan). I like all the details but the bit on the raglan sleeve join thingamabob. I didn't really want my first sweater to be in black.
Somewhat Cowl? Very pretty. And would show off necklaces I've been meaning to wear more often. And cleavage when I might not want to (like at work). The sleeves aren't quite long enough for it to feel like a sweater to me, but I think this is definitely going on my "some day" list, I'm just not sure about now.
Blaze? I thought this is the first sweater I wanted to make. But now I'm not sure, I think it is the piquant rating that scares me (and the angora in the yarn and the potential of a yarn sub gone wrong). I love the fitted look, the neckline (I love wearing shirts with this neckline). I might attempt the pattern stitch to see how that goes.
Wicked? Similiar neckline. I like the cable details and the pocket. It looks cozy but not bulky. But is a kangaroo pocket really the best look for me? I wonder how challenging it would be (the pocket, if I do the pocket, if I do the sweater).
Gigi? This has a very similiar look to a store-bought sweater I love. I always feel perfectly put together in that sweater. Does it need a bit of waist shaping though?
Tide? (if you click on the picture of the gold Tide you will get a pop-up of the less-cropped blue version…that is the version I'd do). I already own the book. I like the look, though it is yet again on the skimpy side to qualify as "sweater". I might have to swatch the ripple/wave pattern to see if I can handle it. And I need to research the yarn costs.
I've also heard good things about the Hourglass sweater…but I don't own that book and it isn't on the top of my "craft books to purchase" list. Or should I start by deciding what yarn I want to use and take it from there?