View Full Version : I did it! I finally finished my first sweater! [PICS]

01-24-2007, 04:01 PM
i finally finished my very first sweater and it was a nice challenge. i was having problems with the sleeves bec. they were coming out too big and i had to go down one needle size. this sweater is from schoeller stahl, i got the pattern from elann.com. the yarn is wool and arcrylic and is very soft and stretchy. i made this for my little sister who is much smaller than i am so i hope it fits her better.

now, can anyone help me with the zipper situation? it's horrible. i've never put a zipper on a sweater before and it's all wavy. what can i be doing wrong? should i change to a plastic zipper? are there any zipper experts out there???


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01-24-2007, 04:21 PM
That was your first sweater?? WOW, that is amazing. :notworthy: Gorgeous, and I'm sure your sister will love it.

01-24-2007, 04:24 PM
So beauitful! You should be super proud of yourself and I'm sure your sister will love it!

Jan in CA
01-24-2007, 04:34 PM
I know nothing about zippers, but that's beautiful!

01-24-2007, 04:36 PM
Wow, that is amazing! I cant believe thats yor first sweater, it looks so hard. I love the blue!

01-24-2007, 05:30 PM
thank you! i can't believe it myself :happydance: the blue is actually not as bright as it seems in the pictures. can't wait for my sister to see it. she better not shrink it or she's dead! :eyebrow:

01-24-2007, 06:47 PM
I have no idea about the zipper, but the sweater is absolutely gorgeous! :inlove: Beautiful color too. Your sister is one lucky gal!

01-24-2007, 07:43 PM
That looks great! :cheering: Awesome job!

01-24-2007, 07:52 PM
No zipper knowledge here, but the sweater looks gorgeous!! :cheering: :inlove: :cheering:

01-24-2007, 08:08 PM
My goodness, what a gift!!! :inlove:

01-24-2007, 08:55 PM


01-24-2007, 08:59 PM
You did it! It looks fabulous--I think it turned out much better than mine. How did you end up making the sleeves work?

Here's a pretty good zipper tutorial:


01-24-2007, 09:17 PM
Wow, that is a great sweater. That is a STUNNING first sweater. wow.

01-25-2007, 05:22 AM
beautiful! :notworthy: love the color! hope mine turns out as good as yours... donīt think so, but i keep trying! :wall:

01-25-2007, 07:16 AM
Wow! That is an amazing sweater period, but a first sweater like that - WOW! Way to go!

mrs desert rain
01-25-2007, 11:25 AM
WOW -- beautifull work! And entirely awe-inspiring that it's your first!!! :heart:

01-25-2007, 12:34 PM
Wow. That is so cute! It looks great on you!

01-25-2007, 12:52 PM
Amazing! I love the detail on the body. :inlove:

The zipper is likely buckling because it's so snug-if your sister's a little smaller than you are (which is hard to imagine!!) then it should calm down a little.

01-25-2007, 01:46 PM
Wow, that came out fantastic! You should be proud.
Now, I went to elann.com to look for the pattern and couldn't find it. What's the name of it?

01-25-2007, 01:54 PM
WOW! that is beautiful. you've got skills!

01-25-2007, 07:59 PM
Oh my gosh your first, I must say you did a wonderful job I havent finished my first yet I have to do some adjustments. But I hope it turns out as good as yours. I love the style and color. Great job! :hug:

01-25-2007, 09:33 PM
:cheering: That is a very beautiful sweater! It looks just wonderful. I'd love the name of that pattern too!

01-25-2007, 09:36 PM
WOW! :notworthy:
I found the yarn & pattern at Elann's for anyone interested:

Cabled, Zipped Jacket pattern (http://elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Schoeller+Stahl+Merino+Stretc h&Season=&Company=Schoeller+Stahl&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=3/)

01-26-2007, 12:18 AM
:inlove: with your first sweater!!!!!! Excellent!!!

01-26-2007, 12:23 AM
Wow!! :inlove: And even more WOW that it's your first sweater!! Yay for you!

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

01-26-2007, 12:41 AM
:cheering: :cheering: Stunning!!!

01-26-2007, 03:53 PM

01-27-2007, 02:25 PM
:notworthy: Excellent work, lovely color, nice job!

Edit: I forgot to say: Zippers 101 (http://acunningplan.typepad.com/andsheknitstoo/2005/09/zippers_101.html). I don't know the author, but it seems like good information.

01-27-2007, 03:12 PM
:heart: Absolutely beautiful!!!

01-27-2007, 03:46 PM
WOW! I absolutely love the cable pattern. I can't believe it 's your FIRST sweater! So professional. :cheering:

01-27-2007, 04:59 PM
WOW, Sarah! That's a really impressive first sweater. :cheering: Beautiful pattern.

As I recall, my first sweater turned out with three sleeves and no neck opening.

Knit on, chere, knit on! :happydance:


01-28-2007, 03:41 PM
thanks everyone! i gave the sweater to my sister and here is she posing with it...it looks better on her (thank god!) because she is smaller. she put the thing on and didn't take it off all night.
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u263/sarahc409/nov-dec06001.jpg http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u263/sarahc409/nov-dec06002.jpg

mer, i made the sleeves smaller by just going down a size in needles. this made a huge difference and because the sweater is so stretchy i had no problems sewing it in place. and thanks for the zipper tutorial, i'm going to save it for next time. my sister took the sweater as is and wouldn't let me take it back to put in a better zipper so i guess she will deal with it later :shrug:

landolphe, that was too funny about your first sweater with the 3 sleeves :rofl:

i'm glad someone found the pattern because it took me a while to respond here since i've been so busy with my two little monsters. any questions on this sweater please feel free to contact me. the pattern instructions are vague and very difficult to decipher and takes a ton of patience.

01-29-2007, 08:57 AM
WOW :thud: :yay: That is one beautiful sweater :cheering: Glad your sister loved it.

01-29-2007, 05:36 PM
:notworthy: Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous! And for it to be a first sweater...well my mouth is hanging open. You give me hope that I can do a sweater some day too. That pattern would be lovely on my daughter.

Do you mind me asking, how long did you work on it? If that's too nosey just smack my hands and ignore the question :-)

You did a lovely job.

01-30-2007, 11:39 AM

Just amazing! :inlove:

And just look at the grin on your sister's face!

01-30-2007, 01:48 PM
This is your first sweater!~ :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

It looks great! I love it

01-30-2007, 03:16 PM
knitpeachy, you're not being nosey, that's important information :teehee: . i started the sweater in october and just finished it last week, so about 3 months. i would have done it faster had i not had two toddlers to take care of 24/7. there were days that i did not touch the thing only because i just needed a break from it. if you plan on making this sweater for your daughter you can contact me if any questions. it helps to have someone who's already worked on it to help guide you through it.

all i can say is if i did it so can you :happydance: