It’s time to talk about something that tends to give a lot of knitters feelings of great trepidation. So gather ’round for a little sweater talk. I will grant you that sweaters can have a lot of components that give them the potential to be troublesome, but that certainly is not a necessity. You can still knit an incredible sweater with minimal fuss.
Now, while there are numerous sweater constructions from which to choose–top-down, bottom-up, seamed, seamless, positive and negative ease, raglan, set-in sleeves, the list goes on an on–it’s all about knowing where to begin. For your first sweater however, I recommend that you stick to the basics: a top down, raglan sweater. What I love most about this type of construction is that it requires very little fuss. The entire sweater is knit in one piece, so you don’t have to worry about seaming it together later and then weaving in a million ends. Also, you have the option to try on the sweater as you go, which eliminates some of the potential for nasty surprises at the end. Another excellent place to begin with your first sweater is to knit a sweater not sized for yourself, rather for a child. Not only does this help you learn the same techniques used in adult sweaters, but you get through them much, much quicker than you would for an adult pattern. Not to mention the initial financial investment is greatly decreased as you need only a fraction of the yarn. And for all of those who say, “But knitting a sweater requires so much knitting! I’ll never finish it”, think of it this way. For roughly the same amount of yarn/knitting as you put into a hat and scarf pair, you can knit a baby sweater. Or if you want to knit an adult sweater, it’s equivalent to knitting three or four scarves. You can do it!
So now that we’ve mustered up the confidence, it’s time to find a pattern! Leslie has come up with a wonderful solution. She knit this adorable sweater for her daughter, Charlie, out of two skeins of Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted. This sweater incorporates all of those wonderful components mentioned above for a top-down, raglan sweater, so again, it requires very little fuss. Leslie also opted to finish her sweater with an applied i-cord bind off, which adds a professional touch to an already adorable pattern. Just click here if you’re interested in trying this out yourself!