I haven’t always knit sweaters for myself. For a long time it seemed like an infinite amount of knitting. I’d knit sweaters for our patterns in our usual sample size (M-ML) and tons of kiddie sweaters, but a sweater for me (I’m somewhere around an XL-XXL) just seemed like too much.
This made no sense of course, if you add up those sweaters for the kids and pattern samples (not to mention the BLANKETS) of course it adds up to more than a few sweaters for me! So one day I decided I needed a sweater too. A sweater, while a large project, is indeed a FINITE amount of knitting and wearing a hand knit sweater you lovingly made for yourself is a beautiful thing.
In the past couple of years I’ve embarked on a sweater wardrobe for me. I’ve learned a lot of things about how I like my sweaters. I like a little positive ease, I like them longer than most, with loooong sleeves too (I like the to hit just before my thumb). I make sure to take the time to try on my sweater as I go, even though it’s annoying to put all the stitches on waste yarn and try ‘er on. With sweater success has come confidence, and I currently have more than a few WIPs with my own name on them.
Not every sweater has come out perfectly the first time. Trying it on as you go helps to make sure the sizing is right (the yoke depth is as you like it, the ease at the chest is what you want), but sometimes after blocking and wearing my sweater a few times I’ve needed length adjustments. A longer cuff, a little short row shaping at the hem to make it longer in the back, that kind of thing. I learned the importance of making those adjustments, rather than letting a perfectly good sweater languish in the closet, unworn.
What’s next for the wardrobe?
I started with worsted weight sweaters, they seem to go so much faster! I have a DK weight Strange Brew sweater in my wardrobe now too. I usually run a bit warm, so this year, even though it once again feels like an infinite amount of knitting, I want to add a sock weight sweater (or 2!) to my wardrobe because I think they will get a lot of wear. But first I’m going to have to finish the 4 sweaters I have on the go!
On the needles I have just a few sweaters….okay, this year has been a bit of a cast on frenzy! I’m working on a bulky weight Almanac sweater in Brooklyn Tweed Quarry, a sock weight Trek sweater in Sweet Fiber Super Sweet Sock, a Love Note (for the Love Note KAL) in La Bien Aimee singles and silk mohair, a Cartography in Spincycle Dream State and Stone Wool Cormo, and a Compass sweater in Quince and Co Owl. They are all in various states of finish, but I think I’ll have them all done by September when the fall comes to call here in Vancouver!
I also stepped out from behind the camera a bit for our Paris collection! I got to wear both of our new sweater designs, Penny and Love Note about town while Emily snapped my picture. Both sweaters are cropped, and I loved wearing them over a dress (with big pockets of course, they are from Haven for those who want to know).
What are your sweater fears?
Here at Tin Can Knits we would like to help all knitters feel confident and adventurous. We take a can-do approach to knitting and hope it inspires confidence in you and your knitting if you need it too! We often hear from knitters that they are particularly nervous about garment knitting. We want to know, if you are afraid to venture into garment knitting, is there something holding you back? Tell us, what are your sweater fears?