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It’s finally done! It’s a good looking sweater, but I feel a bit indifferent towards it like I felt about knitting it. I originally started knitting my Audrey in Unst because I needed to replace my basic grey cardigan and that’s exactly what I ended up with. It’s just not as exciting of a FO as some of my flashier knits even though I know it will get worn all the time. I think that’s the lesson I’ve learned. I shouldn’t knit things where I just feel like I need the FO in my wardrobe. I should knit things that I really want to knit because they’re more fun and just go buy my basics.

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I made a few mods to the pattern. I added a few inches of length because I knew the pattern as written would hit me at a very unflattering point. I also added more stockinette and worked less twisted rib. That was mostly because I got sick of doing the twisted ribbing, but I also thought that less ribbing might look better.

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I knit the whole thing on 3.25 mm needles because that’s what I got gauge for the body on and I didn’t bother moving down a size for the sections of the pattern that originally called for smaller needles. The sweater was a bit of a challenge to knit because my unblocked gauge was different from my blocked gauge. It was hard to guess lengths and visualize how the sweater would look in the end. On the left is the sweater before I blocked it and on the right is after. The sleeves grew about two inches and the body lengthened three of four inches. This is why you should always block your swatches.

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I’m glad to be done with this and I think my sweater will get worn all the time. It just will never be the star of the show  in a wardrobe as loud as mine.

16 Comments

  • It’s so pretty! I totally agree about buying your basics, that’s why I never knit vanilla socks. If I’m going to put that much work into it, they have to be awesome!

  • I’m in the same boat. The cardigan I’m currently knitting is meant to replace a red one I donated. It’ll be worn all the time because it’s so plain but…eh. it’s not a satisfying knit but it will be an essential piece in my wardrobe. I do love your cardigan though!

  • Your sweater is really beautiful, and it’s post like these that inspire me to keep knitting as much as I can so that one day my FOs will be as nice as yours!

    I had thought that by learning to knit I would ultimately be able to do away with buying cardigans and the like, but you’re right that knitting basics that don’t have much personality (and could easily be purchased) is less fun than making pieces with lots of pizazz. I will have to remember that when I pick my next non-scarf project.

  • That sweater looks lovely. It must feel great to get it out of the way.
    And I’m with you. I’d rather knit something exciting. Knitting is suppose to be fun anyways. If the apocalypse happens, then maybe I’ll knit more practical things.

  • It turned out really well! At least if it’s a basic, it’s something that looks good. I always feel like I should knit “wearable” things but you’re right – knitting boring, very wearable things is boring! Here’s to a crazy next project!

  • That is lovely! It’s funny, I feel the exact opposite! I feel so empowered knitting something that I would get a lot of use from. I feel like the flashy knits (though they were fun to make) take up more space than they are worth since I wear them so rarely. It is just really satisfying to know that I don’t need a store for my basic wardrobe needs. But then again, I am so obsessed with knitting that I relish even the really boring knits with miles of stockinette stitch. That is great though, that knitting can be completely different things for different people.

  • I have SO much love for this sweater. Seriously. I hear what you’re saying about knitting basics, though. But I do think you’ll be happy each time you pull it on, and remind yourself that you made it. Like Kristen said above, you’ll definitely wear this more than some other non-vanilla knits!

    It’s gorgeous, Andi.

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