Tuesday, April 10, 2007


It's done! I used 5 skeins of Patons Merino Classic (plus a little more for the crochet edging) and size 8 straight bamboo needles. My gauge was a little tighter than called for, because I like a tighter knit. Other modification: I cast on for a size between two sizes because I was afraid that it would be too tight. Although it took a little bit of knitting math, it wasn't too bad. When it came to the arms, I cast on for the bigger size and I was very pleased with the fit of the arms, and it didn't create any problems with seaming them into the smaller sized side/back pieces.

I did knit both front pieces simultaneously, so that I wouldn't do one shorter or longer than the other (I'm pretty bad at adding/subtracting a row here and there and wanted them to be exactly the same.) I knit the sleeves the same way, two at a time.

This is the first sweater I've ever knit, (unless you count that one that was basically two stockinette rectangles seamed together on the sides and at the shoulder) and I thought the pattern was very easy to follow. Also, I really enjoyed the cabling patterns! They were easy to memorize, but never got tedious. This is the first thing I've knit that I didn't feel an overwhelming urge to "hurry up and get done," and I enjoyed every stitch.

Things I learned:
  1. Knitting the side pieces at the same time and doing the sleeves the same way was a really good idea.
  2. Patons classic merino can do a number on dry hands. Ouch!
  3. Knitting on 13" straight needles is hard when you're knitting in a crowded car.

Next time, I will:

  1. Cast on for a size much smaller than the one I knit. It came out really big (like 3 inches on each side too big).
  2. Make the torso much longer (it's a little bit on the "cropped" side, even though I'm a short-waisted gal.)
  3. Make the sleeves full-length (I wanted to do this, but got all caught up in "following the pattern" which is so not like me :)
  4. Knit on circulars instead of straights.
Thanks for the KAL! I am LOVING seeing everyone else's Nantucket Jackets!


Blogger crafty fox said...

Congratulations it looks great. It's really useful that you added your comments. I'm on the second side and love the progress so far. A brilliant achievement for your first sweater..

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is gorgeous! I'm just about to finish the back in a similar color, and was debating about doing the sides at the same time - now I will!

And I agree, the pattern is easy to learn but, so far, never tedious.

I'm going to try and post a picture of my progress this week.

5:35 AM  
Blogger ksfishgirl said...

Thanks for the compliments! Am I wierd that I'm enjoying a Kansas Cold Snap in April, just so I can wear it? ;)

2:02 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Beautiful job, well done, but how does it look on you?????

I am on another trip working on both fronts at the same time. I echo your needle musings, its circular all the way for me, much easier.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Hi, I finally got mine done and likely did a similar thing, I was worried that it would be too snug around the torso, and its way too big.

What did you end up doing? Did you re-block and try and snug it in that way? Wanting to fix this desperately so I can wear it. thanks, Lori

3:48 PM  
Blogger ksfishgirl said...

Hi, Lori. Basically... I wore it "too big" once, then I gave up. I think I'm going to give it to my sister, because it will fit her better. I always think I'm knitting something for myself to wear... but I rarely wear what I knit, with socks being the exception.

12:56 PM  

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