One-week Sweater

Last week was spring break for the college where I teach, so I decided that it was time to tackle a more ambitious project than any I had done so far. I looked around for the simplest sweater pattern that I could find, and settled on "Skully" from Debbie Stoller's "Stitch 'n Bitch."

I had to learn a few new techniques I had never used before. The three needle bindoff was trivial, picking up stitches was easy (though I had trouble doing it evenly), and intarsia was a huge pain even for the limited amount in the sweater. I ended up "cheating" the intarsia a lot, especially on the second sleeve.

It took almost exactly a week to finish it. I started late on a Friday evening, and finished up the following Friday in the afternoon.

Now that I'm done, I kind of regret being so cautious and sticking to the pattern almost exactly. There are certainly things that I think I could have improved if I had been courageous enough. Still, it turned out well, and it is something that I will actually wear, especially when I'm giving exams. (Not until next winter, though. The thing is incredibly warm, and now that temperatures are going above 80F, I just don't see using it any time soon.)

At any rate, I certainly encourage any knitters that are scared of sweaters to give this one a try. It is designed to be baggy, and so has very little shaping involved. I figure if I can manage it, just about anyone can!

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gaynnyc's picture

You knit and entire sweater in a week? That is fast knitting! How quickly can you do a pair of socks?

Celowin's picture

It was knit with bulky weight yarn, on size 11 needles. (The pattern suggested 10.5 needles, but I knit somewhat tightly.) I don't think I knit particularly fast, but with only about 4 stitches per inch it doesn't take long to get a good sized work done. Oh, and it was nearly all stockinette stitch, so I didn't have to put much thought into what I was doing.

I've never attempted socks as yet. While I'll probably eventually do a pair just to learn the techniques involved, they really don't catch my attention as something that particularly interests me. My socks are never visible, and if I knit something I want to show it off!

grandcarriage's picture

I love it. It looks great. I think you'll get a big laugh out of your students when you wear it for exams. Very cool.

My 2cents, and I'm paying....

Celowin's picture

Thanks, Bob. Some people have suggested that I'm "cruel" to think about wearing such a sweater for an exam, but they say it with a smile on their faces. I try to keep my classes fairly lighthearted, so I think it will be taken in the humorous spirit in which it is intended.

MMario's picture

Perfect sweater for "Talk like a Pirate" day.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Celowin's picture

Yarr. I'd be thinkin' you be right, 'cept that the 19th o' September still be awfully warm in these seas ta be wearin' wool.

martyknits1's picture

About socks...

I think that's why Birkenstocks were invented. So knitters could show off their handknit socks!

you should defenitely at least try one pair. There is something very satisfying about looking down at your feet in your very own socks you made. And they feel like no other if you use good sock wool.

Celowin's picture

I've never been a fan of Birkenstocks. I'm much more a "jeans and sneakers" type than a "shorts and Birks" type.

Just based on feel, though, I may make some socks for use when hiking. I do tend to get blisters when I go on long trails, and I've heard that a quality handknit pair of socks can make a world of difference.

I'll add it to my list of projects I want to attempt. So much to knit, so little time...

KnitMark's picture

You should really give socks a try! I wasn't very interested in them either, till I tried them. I've done a pair in worsted weight - hiking socks, and a pair in fingering weight. There's something very satisfying about turning a heel and actually having it work. I think I really like using dpns, too.