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  • I recognize your first sweater — from a Rowan magazine in the early 90s, I think? I knit that same sweater, only in forest green. I loved it and wore it to death!

    • Of course you did! ::fist bump:: Rowan Magazine #8 FTW

  • I really enjoyed reading your text about first knitted sweater. All I can say is: I learned the hard way over many years of practice that you best stick to the yarn that is recommended. I knitted a whole lot of nice patterns with the ‚wrong‘ yarn and the outcome was too bulky, too warm, too ethereal, too big, too whatsoever … and mostly a disappointment after weeks and month of work. I am also sticking quite close to the pattern (no changings whatsoever) because that also often ended in strange results. Since and through Ravelry I found some really good designers, where I know, the pattern will work for me and my bodytype and it‘s a pleasure to wear the well fitted piece in the end. So, no more illusions when a special yarn jumps on me in a shop…

  • Lily Sugar n Creme held double — your hands must still hurt.

  • Another lesson might be: if you see the sweater is coming out stiff as a board or pooling in odd places, or unacceptable in some way, stop and rip it out. Don’t just plod on to the end. If you do plod on to the end and you don’t like it, rip it out and change yarn, pattern, size, etc. And if, like me, you have very limited knitting time for knitting and don’t want to waste it, do as the first group of knitters you mentioned did and get as much expert advice as you can before you start.

  • OMIGOD I NEED THAT CALVIN KLEIN VOGUE PATTERN RIGHT THIS MINUTE. Does anyone have a copy to sell me?

    • I still have the magazine, of course, Karen! DM me, baby

  • The main blog photo looks an awful lot like one of my first sweaters, except for the colorway in that top-down raglan. Mine was the blue and purple one, and it pooled just as horrifically! 🙂

    Actually, that wasn’t my FIRST sweater. My FIRST sweater — in fact, the first thing I ever knit after the then-obligatory slippers — was … black. Mohair. (Mother, WHY didn’t you tell me that was a horrible choice for a beginner?) Fortunately, no photographs survive. But I know it took me six months to create the sleeveless turtleneck shell.

    What a fun topic!

  • I made that exact Calvin Klein sweater … out of Rowan Handknit Cotton, held double. It was heavy! I made a pencil skirt out of a linen and silk fabric with a design of black and gray leaves to wear with it, and I felt very sheik wearing the ensemble – I know I wore it to give talks. I must have the sweater somewhere. It was very very late 80s — drop shoulder, long line, loose … the pattern was from Vogue Knitting, I think … and I may still have a copy of the instructions, somewhere.

    • Wish you had a photo of you in that ensemble! I love reminiscing about garments we wore till they were threadbare. Thay became part of our lives really.

  • We’ve all been there- in one way or another! The lesson to be learned from our first sweaters? We have to be willing to be “bad” at “it” to get “good” at it…and it doesn’t matter what the “it” is! Most importantly, don’t give up-just keep knitting!

  • I knit my first sweater in the 70s when I was a foreign exchange student in Sweden. The yarn was beautiful — the Swedes are good at yarn! I got lots of help with the Swedish pattern and the sweater turned out a little big but I loved. I wore it, then my Mom wore it, and now my niece is wearing it in college in Minnesota. 30 years and still going strong! Just don’t look at the inside — I tied knots instead of weaving in all kinds of ends.

  • I can remember my first sweater but no photographic record exists. I was 15; it involved two different types of yarn:one was white worsted, the other was a synthetic blue mohair called “mohlan” purchased from the local dimestore. The sweater involved slipped stitches and there was a cowl neckline. I believed I looked just like Audrey Hepburn, if she had been a pudgy teen wearing glasses. Since no picture exists, I can hold onto the delusion.

  • Love! Excellent reminder. I used to be a fearless knitter, alas what the H happened?? Great advice & inspiration.