First off, I want to thank Tasha from http://blog.bygumbygolly.com/ for hosting the Briar Rose knit-a-long! I have learned so much from her posts and this project that my knitting has gone to the next level. I think the most important thing I learned from the project was to love knitting. Prior to this sweater, I was knitting for the sake of keeping my hands busy. Now that I’ve completed a wearable garment, I feel like a whole world of patterns has opened up.
Other than a single sock, I had never knit on smaller needles and was concerned that it would be bad from my carpal tunnel syndrome. I discovered that smaller needles are actually better for my hands than larger needles. I also found that I knit faster on smaller needles. This could be because I have less pain on the smaller needles, so I can knit for longer periods of time.
Here’s another thanks to Tasha for her step-by-step guide to sizing up patterns. For the most part, my Briar Rose sweater fits well. It started out as a size 34in bust pattern and I sized it up to fit a 46in pattern. It could be a couple inches longer and my math on the sleeve cap was wrong, so that I didn’t have any ease left to pleat the cap.
New skills I learned: re-sizing a pattern, button holes, pick and up knit, proper blocking.
Over impression: While I’m not sure how often I’ll wear this because of the length and because the color isn’t really flattering, I’m really happy I made this. I almost feel this is a muslin. I worked on getting the fit right and learned how to read a vintage pattern. For the first time since I took beginning knitting class several years ago, my immediate thought when I finished this was “I need to buy more yarn”.