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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The hardest sweater I've knitted yet!

AKA, the reason that I've been quiet the past few months *g*  About the time that my son was born I ordered some yarn from Knitpicks, Shine Worsted in Currant, that was on clearance, to make this sweater.  It was in the Interweave Knits Spring 2011 issue and I fell in love with it instantly.  It's a modular sweater, which was a new technique for me.  Basically, you knit the first hexagon and then pick up and knit each hexagon off the last one. 



The plus is that you don't have to seam anything, the minus is that you have a lot of ends to sew in.  It took me about six months to finish, but I think the results were worth it.  See for yourself;


Because of the lace details in this hexagon this top has to be worn with a camisole underneath or, in my case, a long sleeve tee for the winter.  I've already received two compliments on it when wearing it out and about, however.  I don't know about you guys but I love getting compliments on anything I've hand-knitted, it helps validate all the time I put into a project!  The finishing on this one took a while - after knitting all those hexagons I had to pick up and knit the bobble bind off along the neck and bottom and the cap sleeves.  They add really nice interest, though. 

As soon as I finished it, though, I decided to focus on smaller projects for the rest of the year.  It was worth the time investment, but balancing my knitting between large and small projects keeps me entertained.
- D