I've been knitting for about a year and a half now. I've done dozens of socks and dishcloths and hats. I've whipped up a number of scarves and shawls and afghans. I've even managed a baby sweater. What I have not managed up to this point is an adult-sized sweater. This is not for lack of trying. I bought a load of off-white yarn a year ago and attempted the Shalom Cardigan, adjusted for my size. I didn't know enough about adjusting sizes at the time and it looked like something I dug out of the dog crate and slung over my shoulders.
February Lady Sweater (based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Alamanac February Baby Sweater, which I had successfully created). Two problems quickly emerged. First, I wasn't going to have enough yarn. Second, I had apparently measured myself incorrectly and/or miscalculated the gauge because it hung off my shoulders as if it had been knit for Andre the Giant. (There were also those pesky mistakes I made in the actual pattern, but since it was quickly frogged we won't talk about those...)
Last week I started unraveling and prepared to use the yarn on, yes, the third sweater. This time I went smaller. I decided to try to the Tomten Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmermann (found in both The Knitter's Workshop and Knitting Without Tears). The interesting thing about the pattern in Knitting Without Tears is you use the person's measurement and your stitch gauge to come up with a base number of stitches that she refers to as X. The rest of the pattern is a modular design and is based on fractions of X. To be safe, I measured Foghorn and calculated a sweater for her (much smaller) size. I love Elizabeth Zimmermann because she's funny in a dry way and has a no-nonsense approach. She also gives very few directions for her patterns and apparently assumes I'm much smarter than I really am. Thus her patterns always make me slightly anxious until I finish and see if I actually understood the directions correctly.
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