Autumn Sweater

So, yesterday was our photo shoot. Hopefully John doesn’t get mad at me for posting this first proof, but he put it on my Facebook page so I figure it is fair game….

I know it doesn’t show off the wardrobe or my belly or anything like that, but I am in love with this photo. I can’t wait to see more!

I pretty much agonized about what to wear up until the last minute. I actually made a trip to the mall and Target about two hours beforehand and made a couple purchases, one for me and one for Bean. I wound up wearing what I bought for myself and went with the original gameplan for Bean.

Remember how I said I was going to buy the Old Navy sweater? Well I did. It got here and it was huge and hideous and nothing like it looked in the picture online. I tried it on then immediately took it off and went straight to UPS to return it.

So on Wednesday afternoon I decided I was going to knit myself a little cardigan instead. I found some surprisingly soft, bulky wool at JoAnn’s and went home to cast on for this sweater. I got about 3/5 of the way done on Thursday afternoon and since it was knit in one piece from the top down I was able to try it on. It was very apparent that this sweater was not at all designed for someone with my bust size. They aren’t even that huge! I usually wear a small to medium, which is what this pattern said it was for. I was totally bummed and began ripping.

I was very frustrated and was seriously almost going to chicken out of the whole photo thing. I know I have nice clothes and had plenty of options to choose from, but I don’t know. When I’m pregnant it just feels like nothing looks good on me or quite the way I want it to at least.

Anyway, a few hours later I decided another attempt was in order, but this time I decided to design my own sweater so that it would be exactly what I wanted.

I ripped back a few times during the design process, but eventually came up with something I actually liked.

I know, I know… terrible photos. This is what happens when you try to do the photoshoot of your own sweater yourself. You guys will just have to wait not so patiently along with me while John works his magic.

In the meantime, here are the specs and the pattern:

Pattern: Autumn Sweater, by me (below).
Yarn: 5 skeins Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Cinnamon
Needles: US 10 bamboo circs
Size: Medium-ish ?
Made for: Me
Modifications: none
Started: 4 p.m. November 5, 2009
Completed: 1 a.m. November 6, 2009

CO 115 sts
Work in seed stitch until work measures 9 1/4 inches (or desired length, if you make it longer you will need to compensate with more yarn).
Change to garter stitch and knit 6 rows.
Next row (RS): Knit
Next row (WS): K4, purl to last 4 sts, K4
Rep for 3 inches more, ending with a WS row.

Next row (RS): K27 sts, BO 4 sts, K53 sts, BO 4 sts, K 27 sts.
Next row (WS): K4 sts, p23 sts, CO 29 sts, p53 sts, CO 29 sts, p23sts, K4 sts
Next row (RS) K27 sts, pm, p29 sts, pm, K 53 sts, pm, p29 sts, pm, K to end
Continue working as estabilished, purling all rows between markers for a total of six rows, ending with a WS row.

Next Row (RS): Knit to 3 sts before marker (K2tog, K1, sm, k1, ssk) continue knitting across row repeating decreases at each marker.
Next Row (WS): K4, purl to last four sts, K4
Repeat last two rows 10 more times, for a total of 11 decreases before and after each marker.

Next Row (RS): Knit
Next Row (WS): Knit
Next Row (RS): K2, BO2, K to end
Next Row (WS): K until two sts remain, CO 2 sts, K2
Next Row (RS): Knit
Next Row (WS): Knit
Next Row (RS): BO all sts
Weave in ends and attach a button.

Since it rarely gets super chilly here in Southern California, I think this is the perfect sweater for Autumn because of the short sleeves and the open front. Also, the one button at the top means preggos like me can wear it too.


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7 responses to “Autumn Sweater

  1. grandmatiger

    Awesome and adorable! Wow, and so quickly too! As for the self-porrtraits, I think you need a camera with a delay timer so you can get some pix, it doesn’t need to be as fancy as the one you got from Dad’s points, just a little quick-snap one with a delay button, for quick candid shots rather than really cool awesome planned pix with the good one.

  2. Paula

    whoa lisa that picture is incredible! you look like a family out of an anthro add. OMG

  3. amazing sweater! and LOVELY photo!

  4. Leslie

    Yay! It looks fantastic! Oh, and that picture is amazing!

  5. What a beautiful picture! I can’t wait to see the rest! I’m really looking forward to our knitting night. It has been a long week and my husband has been gone 3 nights so I definitely think I deserve some girl time! 🙂

  6. Oh my gosh, I LOVE all the knitting you’ve done! I hope you’ll share some more of those family pics, too. 🙂 How broad are your shoulders? I’d love to make this sweater, but I’m pretty wide across the top.

  7. lwuertz

    I’m a pretty small person. I’m not very wide shouldered.

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