If you’ve been following along on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve probably noticed my sudden, very urgent need to start knitting a sweater. I’m not exactly sure what put the idea into my head, but I’ve learned long ago not to resist the siren call of a challenging new project! So, giving in to my fiber-y desires, I spent the whole weekend researching sweater patterns and picking out yarn for my first knitted sweater.
After briefly considering a fairly complex (but ridiculously cute) umbrella-patterned cardigan from the latest Interweave Knits, I finally settled on a slightly easier pattern: the Tea Leaves Cardigan from Madeline Tosh. (Alas, I may crochet a mean sweater, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to jump right into intarsia knitting!)
The Tea Leaves Cardigan is a top-down sweater that’s knit flat in one piece on circular needles (the sleeves are attached later). Thus far, the pattern seems pretty simple and straightforward, and I’ve already survived both casting on and my first five rows. Next up, I’ll tackle a whole heck of a lot of front/back increases! (Hold me, I’m afraid.)
Now, before I get any OMG-you-must-swatch-before-you-get-started-or-the-world-will-end emails, rest assured that I did swatch, and that the gauge came out perfectly THE FIRST FREAKING TIME. (Needless to say, much merry making ensued.)
Love the yarn? It’s hand-painted Tosh DK in Fjord. (It’s 100% superwash merino wool. I’m technically allergic, but it’s pretty soft, and I’ll be layering it over other shirts and dresses. Fingers crossed that it works out!)
I’m off to do more sweater knitting. More progress reports to come!