Welcome back, friends!
I’ve been off the grid for a while, gettin’ married and stuff. It was all super fun times. Quite possibly the fun-est of times. But I’m very happy to be back in the real world and making all of the things once again.
With all of the wedding stuff occupying most of my time and patience, I’ve been neglecting a lot of knitting projects. In honor of all the WIPs that I have laying around my house, I’ll be doing a #wipwednesday every (guess what day?!) for a few weeks to pay tribute to the poor, partially formed garments and help keep me accountable and on track to getting them finished!
This WIP in particular has been hanging out on the back burner for just over a year now. It’s the super simple and cute Sweatshirt Sweater by Purl Soho and I really REALLY want to wear it this sweater weather season (which is pretty much starts now in the PNW), so I really REALLY need to hurry up and finish it!
When I first started this sweater, I was so excited to do a project that STARTS with the sleeves. Usually you leave them for the end and that always gets me burnt out, because you’re SO close to finishing yet having to knit TWO sleeves seems like SO much work… even though compared to all that sweater body fabric you just knit it’s nothing.
Knitting sleeves first is certainly a different experience and you don’t get that burnt out feeling… but if you’re used to knitting them at the end, once you’re done with them it’s a bit of a shock to remember that you haven’t even started on the actual sweater body yet. And going from knitting relatively small pieces to casting on a ridiculous number of stitches for the body can feel a little bit daunting.
But I have to admit, I do prefer knitting the sleeves first. It gets them out of the way and while I’m working on the body I can keep my spirits motivated by thinking “ooh, I’m this much closer to attaching the sleeves… that are already done!”
So far, the Sweatshirt Sweater is a great pattern and easy to follow, yet not overly simplistic. It has a lot of little details, like the faux seam on the arms and the pouch pocket on the front (which is totally optional, btw), though none of them are very complex to execute. It’s a very approachable pattern that keeps your knitting interesting without making your brain hurt. YAY!
I’m making mine with The Plucky Knitter Trusty in the colorway Elegant Elephant. I’m also working with two yarn cakes at once, alternating cakes at each round so I can get a nice even blend of the subtle shade variations and avoid any weird color pooling or striping, especially between skeins.
My WIP is currently on the pouch pocket phase. I’ve picked up the stitches that make the bottom of the pocket and now I just need to figure out how to finagle my circular needles to start knitting from the stitches. I have a feeling a little bit of brute force will be required. 😉