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KitNKnitN
03-08-2008, 04:28 PM
I finished my first sweater ever. It's a sweater for my boyfriend's birthday. (Yes, I've heard about the "boyfriend sweater curse" but it hasn't affected me yet, LOL!) :woohoo:

My boyfriend is a very tall guy (6'5") so it took a whole lot of yarn to make him this sweater. I used 10 (yes, TEN) whole skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease to make this sweater. I'm sure it would have been easily 13 skeins but he likes his clothes "fitted", thank God, so it saved me from having to buy and knit even more yarn. :passedout:

I used my Denise kit to make 24" 10.5 & 11 circular needles for the body and 16" 10.5 & 11 circular needles for the arms and neck. I also used size 8 double-pointed bamboo needles for the cuffs. It's knit 100% in the round so that it's one seamless piece (except for the little seam under each arm). I made the pattern up out of my head. It was tough but I made it through. :thud:

My boyfriend loves the sweater and wears it all the time. Yay! :heart:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/FallN/BoyfriendSweater.jpg

redheadrachel
03-08-2008, 04:36 PM
Ooh, it's beautiful! Great job :) Congrats on not experiencing the curse, and further - knitting a garment that a man actually loves and wears! What an accomplishment :woot:

sue in canada
03-08-2008, 04:37 PM
That looks wonderful. Great job.

KitNKnitN
03-08-2008, 04:39 PM
Thanks so much! Funny thing... He's wearing it right now. LOL! He just loves his sweater. :woot:

mwhite
03-08-2008, 04:46 PM
I see why he loves it, it's a great sweater! You did a super job on it! :yay: :yay:

KnittingNat
03-08-2008, 05:06 PM
That's a great job on a first sweater:cheering: Knit in the round, designed yourself, you're talented! And your boyfriend sounds like a keeper to me :teehee:

KitNKnitN
03-08-2008, 05:29 PM
If he behaves himself I might actually keep him, LOL! :)

I taught myself how to knit just before Christmas by looking at a few books and stumbling upon this lovely site. With the great instructions, videos and ideas found here I was able to learn the basics very quickly. (THANKS EVERYONE!) :woot:

Now I plan on trying some more advanced techniques... Maybe some lace? Are there any simple, illustrated lace tutorials around? I can't seem to find any...

Debkcs
03-08-2008, 05:35 PM
I made the pattern up out of my head. It was tough but I made it through:passedout:

That's amazing, you did really well. Did you write everything down? Lovely sweater!

KitNKnitN
03-08-2008, 05:43 PM
Thanks so much, Deb! I measured my bust which is a little bigger than his waist and cast on for my bust size (knowing it would more than fit his waist). I stopped periodically and forced him into the piece to check for sizing, LOL! He was like "What are you doing? Why do I have to put this on?" LOL! He didn't know I was making it for him. He assumed I was making it for myself because I told him ,"I can't measure the piece on my own body..." Hehe! ;)

I wrote down the cast on number, increased and decreases, so yes, I do think I have a rough pattern made up just in case I need to make him another sweater. :thumbsup:

iwouldratherbeknitting
03-08-2008, 06:35 PM
It looks amazing!

knit2btied
03-08-2008, 07:36 PM
You did a very nice job with your sweater!

chrislt8
03-08-2008, 07:51 PM
WOW - great job on your first sweater - and you designed it yourself too! Looks great!!

lynn893
03-08-2008, 08:01 PM
Wow! Fantastic job. I've never created anything myself yet (except scarves)... too busy just trying to do all the wonderful patterns that are out there!

dawnk777
03-08-2008, 09:07 PM
Great job! I can see why he likes it! That's great that you made up the design, for yourself! My daughter is really good at that, too!

sabrinasmom
03-08-2008, 09:28 PM
Great job :yay: . I will never be able design, only copy someone's pattern!!

Indygirl
03-08-2008, 09:55 PM
Great Job!! I'll bet your B.F. is very proud of you and your knitting. :yay: :yay: :yay:

Knit4Pie
03-08-2008, 10:59 PM
That looks awesome! I'm in awe of anyone who can make up a pattern...and have it come out that great!

Ilove2knit
03-08-2008, 11:45 PM
Great job! It looks really nice. :)

feministmama
03-08-2008, 11:57 PM
EZ would be proud! and such a nice boyfriend for wearing it a lot!:cheering:

tropicallie
03-09-2008, 09:50 AM
Your sweater is great. And it fits perfectly. No wonder he wears it all the time. How very sweet of you to make your first sweater for him. He must be a really special guy.

Ginnyb
03-09-2008, 09:51 AM
Wow! Great job and that is your first sweater and you made up the pattern??? Again , Wow and it looks great!
Ginny

dustinac
03-09-2008, 10:53 AM
:woot: it looks wonderful!! Great job :woot:

Jaxhil
03-09-2008, 11:27 AM
That looks fantastic-great job on your very first custom designed sweater :thumbsup: great job!!

KitNKnitN
03-09-2008, 03:50 PM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone! My boyfriend is wearing the sweater AGAIN today! I think I'm going to have to fight him to get it off his back and wash it. LOL! :roflhard:

... Definitely going to have to wash it soon with the way he keeps wearing it everyday now... :shock:

ah
03-09-2008, 06:47 PM
Good looking sweater!

KitNKnitN
03-10-2008, 08:29 PM
He finally took the sweater off today only because he has to wear dress shirts to work. I'm pretty sure he'll put the sweater back on the second he comes home. ;)

He makes me so proud to be a knitter... Even a new knitter. I hope everyone has a person that loves receiving hand-knitted gifts. :grphug:

Suziblues
03-10-2008, 08:44 PM
Thats really a good-looking sweater. GREAT JOB! :thumbsup: