Originally Posted by Abbily
Rhea, I just started my first sweater last week, and I was hoping to join this KAL too! We'll revive it together! I'd love to see pics as you go. I'm making this sweater, I've got about 6" of the back done. It's a fun knit, and going faster than I thought it would. I doubt I will get to wear it this winter, though! :P
Wow! I LOVE THAT SWEATER PATTERN! Now I will tell you why I think it is a good pattern design for a first sweater:
the sleeve application is "dropped shoulders"...meaning that the body (front and back) pieces are knit straight up, no decreasing, no special armhole shaping. Same goes with the sleeves: besides the normal width increases...there is no armhole/cap shaping. This makes the seaming of the sleeves to the body so easy! [All you will need to do is seam the shoulders together, spread or lay out the Front to the east and the Back to the West...and line up the middle of the top of the sleeve to the shoulder seam...pin the sleeve to the front and back...and seam! Then, you seam the right side from the bottom of the front up to the armpit, turn at the armpit and seam down the sleeve to the cuff! Voila! Done!
I also always recommend a pullover for a first sweater because it doesn't have buttonholes and buttonbands, and neckline shaping for the two Front pieces.
Pullovers with dropped shoulders are good to get your sweater experience started with!
I assume you already have cable experience, and experience is using cable 'charts'. A little tip: color code all the cable combinations on your chart. Like, for example, color code all the right-leaning cables in red; and , cable all the left-leaning cables with blue. Then also color code the cable "key" chart the same. This makes for less mistakes and mis-crossed cables. And the knitting goes much faster.
I am going to "save" this K. Zimmerman pattern! Maybe I will make it myself down the road a ways!
Anyway, thanks for sharing!
Have you started your sweater yet? I know you said you are designing a pattern yourself. What are the general details? Pullover? Cardigan? Long sleeve? Short Sleeve? Dropped shoulders? Colorwork? Cables? Boat Neck? Crew neck?
Abbily's sweater is what I would call a crew neck...just a simple little round neckline, before the addition of the stand-up collar, which I always eliminate because I have a short neck!
If you haven't already started, Abbily's sweater is a good one if you feel comfortable with the cabling aspect.