After I failed to even start my Christmas sweater last year, I began to think about when the best time would be to knit one, and I came to the conclusion that there really isn’t a good time to sit down and focus on knitting a holiday sweater. It feels strange to have it be your main knitting project in the summer or fall, but if you wait until you get that holiday spirit going, you won’t finish your sweater with much time to wear it. This was a problem that I thought about a lot this Winter, and I realized the best thing to do would be to work on my Christmas sweater a little bit each month so I never would feel the need to focus on it for a long time. Treating it like a long term project made it seem much more appealing.
The pattern I chose, The Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford, is made up out of four pieces, so I decided to try to knit half a piece each month. I plan to have all of my pieces knit by the end of October, and I can seam and finish the sweater in November so it will be ready to wear in December. The sweater won’t compete with my holiday knitting, and I also won’t finish my sweater months before I get to wear it. In order to motivate myself to stick with it, I’m going to commit to sharing my progress updates here on the last Friday of each month. I think it’s the perfect solution, and I’d like to invite everyone to play along! Will you knit a Christmas sweater in 2014?