Knitting My First Sweater

I have been knitting since 2008, thanks to one of my friends taking the time to teach me in college. I’ve mostly made scarves, with a couple attempts at hats. My scarves have always been relatively successful.  However, I might have been a bit too ambitious with my first hat by using a fancy pattern, messing up said pattern, then feeling hopeless and giving up. Basically, I enjoy knitting, but I’m just okay at it. Good, maybe, but definitely not great.

Flash forward to a few months ago, I kept seeing Krysten Ritter, the Jessica Jones actress, posting photos of her knitting projects on Instagram. She made sweaters! One particular photo of a red cardigan caught my eye, and part of the caption that said, “I love it and it was so fast!” Fast?? How can knitting a sweater be fast?? She linked the knit kit she used from Wool and the Gang, so sure enough, I followed it. The level for that kit was “Easy.” Knitting a sweater that is fast AND easy? I was amazed. I did a bit of research on their website and found a pullover sweater kit that also claimed to be easy and only required a simple stocking stitch.

Their kits are a bit on the expensive side, but over Black Friday weekend they had a coupon code for 25% off, so I faced my fear of actually having to knit the thing and ordered it. If you’re interested, I bought the Relax, Knit Through It Sweater kit in Cinnamon Dust.

Once it finally came in the mail, I was so excited, but also very nervous. I read through the instructions probably 10 times before saying to myself, “It’s time.” I picked up my knitting needles, cast on my stitches, and began.

I love knitting because I find it very relaxing. I can also do it while watching something (especially with such a simple stitch) so I feel like I’m being productive even if I’m just watching Doctor Who. I’m a big reader, so it was nice to give myself an excuse to watch a movie so I could knit. I watched Christmas movies, a bad shark attack movie, and revisited one of my favorites from my pre-teen years, Moulin Rouge. The only stressful part was putting all of the pieces together at the end because that was a new skill to learn. I also got a bit impatient, so I didn’t do it perfectly, but when it was finished, a massive smile overtook my face.

I ran upstairs to try it on as happy as could be. And then…well, let’s just say it doesn’t fit perfectly. The sleeves and the body are a little short, but to be fair, they are in the photo on the website as well so maybe it’s not as bad as I initially thought? Honestly, I think my gauge is a just a little tighter despite my best attempt at doing a gauge swatch before starting.

I was a little disappointed at first. I spent about 2 months working on this project for it just to be okay. But then I reminded myself I made something out of nothing. I took 5 balls of yarn and made a sweater, even if imperfect. That is something I never thought I would be able to do. I had fun while making it. I found other people in my life that knit that could give me advice and assistance, but who also encouraged me to keep going despite my fears of messing it up.

My first scarf was not perfect. My first hat never even made it all the way into existence. How could I have expected my first sweater to be the greatest thing on earth? But at least I did it. I learned from the experience and will try again. And when that one isn’t perfect, I’ll try again. And again.

If you’re a knitter, and maybe like me, want to try something different but want guidance, I do recommend the knit kits from Wool and the Gang.  The yarn quality is great. Seriously, my yarn was SO soft, even after knitting. The instructions were clear. They have videos on their website if you need a visual aid for any of the techniques required for the pattern. I’m already looking through their kits deciding what to try next.

Do you knit or have had a similar experience in another medium? Let me know in the comments! I always love hearing from you!

4 Comments

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    Wool and the Gang

    February 7, 2017

    Hey Madison,

    It’s Wool and the Gang here 🙂 We’ve just read through your blog post and it really made us smile – thank you for sharing your ‘Knit It Through Sweater’ knitting journey – it’s always lovely to read such an honest and down to earth review.
    And yes, you did it! You made the sweater with your very own hands *’hurrah*!!
    Thank you for believing in our products and happy knitting!

    Best wishes,
    Wool and the Gang

    • Reply

      Madison

      February 7, 2017

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my little post and providing not only great products, but encouragement to keep going! Already searching through your website to find a kit for attempt #2! Xoxo

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    Nadia Hernandez

    October 23, 2017

    I feel the same, I like knitting for fun but l don’t think I’m that good. I want to knit a sweater but I’m scared of messig it up, also time worries me, because of collage sometimes I leave my projects laying arround way to much, sometimes I even forget what I was doing and have to start all over again. If that happens with mittens I can’t imagine how could I make a sweater, but even so I’m really want to make one some day!

    • Reply

      Madison

      October 24, 2017

      You can do it! My philosophy if I mess up with knitting is that it then looks more handmade ;). Give it a go! What’s the worst that could happen?

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