Lace Striped Sweater
May 28, 2013
I started this project (Ravelry link) on March 16th, using the Lion Brand Fishermen's wool I had in my stash. It's not the most ideal wool for a project like this because it's so itchy against the skin, but because this was my first knitted garment, I didn't want to invest any extra money. I was essentially viewing this as a practice attempt for the real thing.
Things started off okay. I finished most of the body portion quickly, but then the sun came out, and I started spending most of my time outside, so I put the project down for awhile. 'Awhile' turned into almost two whole months.
Well, recently this part of Oregon has reverted back to its typical cold and rainy self, so I was able to get back to my knitting. Luckily, the pattern is really simple, so it wasn't hard to find my place. It only took me a few evenings worth of work to make and attach the sleeves, and to finish the rest of the sweater. And, like usual, this project was a lot less intimidating than I thought it'd be.
After soaking the sweater, and laying it flat to try, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It fits really well! I do have two major issues with it, though:
1. It's really, really itchy.
2. Off-white doesn't go well with my skin tone.
So, from now on I'll invest in better wool for my knitted garments. As for this sweater, I hear Rit dye works pretty well...