FO: My first sweater

michaelpthompson's picture

Took me three months to finish, but I learned a lot in the process. This is a "Weasley Sweater" from "Charmed Knits" by Alison Hansel, based on the sweaters Mrs. Weasley made for the boys for Christmas. I started it at the beginning of November in hopes of finishing it for a Christmas present for my brother. Took January as well to finish it. Not perfect, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.

I made it with acrylic yarn on the theory that nobody is allergic to acrylic. Don't know if that's true, but I wanted to reduce the chances of a problem. Found a really nice burgundy yarn from Red Heart called Claret Fleck. It has different color fibers every so often to give it sort of a tweedy look. Perfect for this sweater.

Here's a pic in case anybody is interested:

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice. I like the

Very nice. I like the simple lines and the color choices go well together. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

michaelpthompson's picture

I have to agree with Albert,

I have to agree with Albert, practice is what you do when you're working on a project. I learned so much and got better at techniques while doing this sweater, that now I'm doing much better on a scarf I had put on hold while I was working on it. I was hesitant to take on something complicated, but it was just such a perfect idea for a Christmas present for my brother I had to try it, and I'm very glad I did.

I'm not sure why the photo came out sideways. It looked correct when my brother sent it to me on his cell phone. Anyway, here are a couple of larger photos I took before I sent it to him.

Weasley sweater

Closer view

PieintheSky88's picture

Looks great! Who could turn

Looks great! Who could turn down a Weasley Sweater? Excellent work, can't wait to see your next project =)

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albert's picture

Excellent job, Michael- and

Excellent job, Michael- and a matching hat as well! How is this sweater constructed- flat, in-the-round?

michaelpthompson's picture

Dare I confess that I did

Dare I confess that I did the hat on a knitting loom? I had yarn left from the sweater and I had wanted to try these looms because some middle schoolers I work with really like them, so I decided to make this simple hat. I quite like the way it came out. I think I'll get some wool and make one for myself. It only took an hour or two. Doubled the yarn for thickness.

asbrigida's picture

Looks great. I hope to

Looks great. I hope to start my first soon. I am still "practicing" on scarves, hats, and dishcloths.

albert's picture

Alan, lose the "practicing"

Alan, lose the "practicing" concept, choose a sweater pattern, and just have at it!