I finally finished it

thairapist's picture

I finally finished this sweater. I started this cotton aran sweater last year in September and then put it down to finish a couple of other sweaters for gifts. I picked it up in May and finished it soon after Labor day. I decided to put a zipper in it which i think is easier than buttons. Then because it is cotton i put bias tape along the shoulders and neck for support. After it was all done the neck was way too big so i removed the collar and closed the shoulder seams more and re knitted the neck again and re attached the bias tape. It was all worth it as it fits perfectly now.
I love it.

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thairapist's picture

Steve hsfg has corrected me

Steve hsfg has corrected me about bias tape. It does have stretch and movement. What i used must be seam tape. It is also cut on the bias but is more stable.

thairapist's picture

Thanks everyone To answer

Thanks everyone
To answer purlyman, bias tape is basically a piece of fabric that has been cut on the diagonal which makes it not stretch. It comes in different widths and is sold in most sewing shops. Normally it is used to cover seams or edges of fabric. In this case it give great stability to the shoulders of the sweater which in cotton can stretch to the point they don't look good.

Thinman's picture

Wow, Great Job! Very

Wow, Great Job! Very inspiring too.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice knitting. I like

Very nice knitting. I like how it all blends into a grand whole. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Buzzboy's picture

What a great looking

What a great looking sweater. You should be proud. I haven't started my first sweater yet.


Buck Strong's picture

Awesome! "A man may fight


"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

albert's picture

Great job, especially to

Great job, especially to have knit in cotton- I imagine that cotton is more challenging than wool!

purlyman's picture

That's great!! The patterns

That's great!! The patterns are amazing and I love the idea of a zipper up the front. You did a beautiful job. I haven't ever used or even really heard of bias tape. I'm sure I can just google it to find out more. Have fun wearing your beautiful sweater!!!

ronhuber's picture

A lovely sweater.

A lovely sweater. Congratulations. I admire your designing skills.

Mnjack's picture

Very nice job. I love that

Very nice job. I love that Aran diamond stitch. Right now I am just finisjing an afghan with that as one of the stiches. Nice to see your post.

KenInMaine's picture

Wow. Incredible job on the

Wow. Incredible job on the sweater. Congrats! I've only made one sweater so far and would like to try another this fall. I hope it turns out as nice as yours did!