Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Sweater Question!

I'm going to post this particular post on both blogs since I'm asking for opinions (and kind of wincing as I wait for responses!). I knit a lot and have for quite a while. And while I churned out lots of things for other people and the babies, I never actually made a sweater for myself.

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant with Maggie I began this sweater. I planned on wearing it for Christmas when I was a few months pregnant and worked on it all the way to my grandmother's memorial service (a 8 hour drive) and all the way back (and quite a bit during other times too). I designed it in my head. And then I just started knitting the picture that I had in my mind's eye (I tried to write down the pattern but I'm not very good with sticking to writing down what I'm doing when I'm in the knitting zone!). I ended up finishing the front and the back and one and a half arms. Then I just gave up.

I'm not exactly sure how it happened. I was almost finished. I was in the home stretch. But then it got put away somewhere and I just didn't pick it up again. I was off on other projects and it was nearly forgotten on my knitting needles.

I found it the other day and started back up. I finished the last arm by matching it up to the one that was already done. Then I began sewing it together (the body itself was already done! All I needed was the arms!). I put on the body first and Paul told me I looked like a celtic tavern wench at a renaissance fair (Thanks honey!). After I put the sleeves on he was rather non-committal in his answers of how it looked.

So I'm turning to you guys. I think it's okay as a maternity sweater (I love short maternity sweaters). And I'm leaning towards putting it away until it's time to bring it out as a maternity sweater. At the same time I really want to wear it now! It's finally finished! But would it look weird as a non-maternity sweater (I am going to add a front closure to it. I'm leaning towards a narrow strand of ribbon that would tie together on the inside of the front center part)?

Now I will brace for the opinions in the comment section.


  1. I like it. I think it's cute for layering!

  2. I think it's cute. It's not my style, I don't really like the short sweaters. (That may be because there is a lot more of me than of you, like maybe two or three of you in me - college and children were not kind)

    However, I think it would be very nice layering, especially with neutral colors underneath so the red is the pop of color.

  3. I definitely see it more as a maternity sweater, but I don't think it looks bad as a non-maternity one either!

  4. Wow, great job! For me, I don't care for short sweaters, but it looks good on you and I agree with another comment that it would be great for layering. I love the color too! I think your idea for the closure would be pretty. Great job!

  5. What a great job!! The color is so pretty and I think it would be great as a regular or maternity sweater! It definitely works both ways!! Way to go!

    btw~this is the first time I posted a comment on a blog and I dont know how to get my name up here~lol

  6. very hip and not at all just maternity IMHO :)

  7. This is beautiful. Could you please share the pattern? I would like to try making one for my sister in law.

    p.s. I love reading your blog.

  8. Hi Hisbridetobe:

    Thanks! I made it up in my head as I was going along (which is why even I'm surprised that it got finished!) so I don't have one written out. Sorry!

    I need to get better at writing patterns down as I go along! I could have a knitting book if I were a little more organized (and determined!).


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