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WIP: The Selfish Sweater

Written by Sarah on January 2nd, 2014 Posted in knits, sweater, WIP, yarn

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope you all forgot your old acquaintances and drank tons of champagne.

While I’ve made lots of goals and plans for this year, I’m going to be a little selfish this month. I was totally floored by the amount of work I completed in 2013. Most of that work I haven’t been able to share with you guys yet but, trust me, I was busy! The last time I finished a knit that was purely for my own enjoyment and wear was back in the spring (remember the Poolside test knit?). I spent the second half of the year just designing my little heart out and I loved it. So making something just for me feels like a guilty pleasure but every once in a while, I need to indulge! (I also bought myself a pair of new boots. All of my shoes have holes in them so when I say “every once in a while” you know that I mean RARELY. It’s time!)

I have really been dying to get Faro on my needles for a few good months now but I was halfway through a big (secret) project when it came out. Then I had to work on design swatches. Then the holidays happened. Now Faro is happening. It’s jumped the queue, in front of all of the sweaters and socks I’ve been promising to knit for Jon (and, not to mention, in front of some real work I should be doing) but I don’t care. It’s happening.

Choosing a color is always a difficult task for me. I love wearing blues but when I knit, I try to stay away from navy and turquoise so I can change up my wardrobe. Anyway, I went looking through my Pinterest board to see what kind of sweaters were living in my hopes and dreams to get some inspiration. I found a few photos of apricot cabled sweaters so I figured that was the way to go.

faro inspiration

I decided to go with Quince and Co’s Osprey in Apricot. It’s just the right color and a fabulous yarn to work with. It’s soft yet sturdy and chunky but light. And it’s working up so quickly.

faro wip 2

Since casting on, I had a few issues. It’s really embarrassing that I was mis-reading the chart. Then I worked about four inches before I realized that the under arm increases were supposed to be worked into the chart pattern. Then after knitting up the arm I realized that, though I thought the half sleeve would work since I’m short, I really wanted a 3/4 sleeve. I did a lot of ripping but I never felt discouraged and I am SO happy that I didn’t just let some of the mistakes slide as I usually might. Note to self: Go back and do things right!

And even after all of my mistakes, I feel like this sweater is coming together insanely fast!

faro wip

This pattern is really fun because it’s worked from sleeve to sleeve. So what you’re seeing above is a sleeve on the left, the back is up top and the front is where I’m working on the bottom. Then they’re going to be rejoined after the neck opening and the other sleeve will be worked. After seaming, ribbing will be added to the bottom to lengthen the garment. It’s so ingenious. I’ve never seen another pattern execute that construction as elegantly as Amy has here.

Now, as usual, I’m paranoid that it’s too small. Maybe I should just start knitting a size up so I stop freaking myself out. Also as usual, I’m assuring myself that blocking will help. Besides, I already ripped out the first sleeve about fifteen times so if I have to re-knit the sweater, I probably won’t even notice at this point. Just kidding. Blocking will fix it. I don’t mind if it’s a little cropped since I plan to mainly wear this over a button down. I plan outfits for my WIPs way in advance, don’t you?

What are you knitting for yourself these days? Do you knit mostly for you or for others? Have you knit a sweater sleeve to sleeve?

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Comments (6)

  • January 2, 2014 at 11:33 am |

    Happy 2014! Glad you areknitting for you! What a cool way to knit a sweater. I’ve never done sleeve to sleeve but it makes good sense.

    I also didn’t knit anything for myself since spring. So, I quit knitting for others around Thanksgiving and am on a selfish spree! So far I’ve knit a cowl, booties, and one sock. I have a sweater cast on and have knit and frogged a cowl made from Malabrigo Rasta twice. Pattern suggestions welcome.

    • January 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm |

      Hmmm the Purlbee patterns for their Supersoft Merino might work well with the Rasta. It’s great you’re making for you!

  • sherry
    January 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm |

    gorgeous and how did I miss that nov blog? Everything in it was great. Will even post the knitting runner on our TR website (and give you a credit)

  • January 3, 2014 at 10:57 am |

    I love this! Apricot is such a great and unexpected colour for an aran weight sweater.

    About half my knits are for others, so I really relish the ones that are just for me. I have a few things to knit for others this month and then I’m just going to knit sweaters for myself for a little while. I have plans and yarn for two, and another on the needles from almost a year ago, and I can’t wait to dive in.

    Good for you for setting some time aside to do something just for you. I can’t wait to see it finished!

  • January 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm |

    Ooh, what a pretty pattern! Love the color you chose– it will look great on you!

  • January 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm |

    This is an amazing pattern! Cannot wait to see your version in Apricot!

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