I finally finished my first NaKniSweMoDo sweater for the year. Unlike some people who are on number three already. You know who you are.
But after all, it was on size 5 and 3 needles, not on big chunky needles.
For this sweater, I took my own measurements and used some knitted tops that I have to help me come up with a basic template for the body of a pullover, with the amount of ease I wanted. That gave me the finished dimensions I wanted. From that, it’s just math to calculate the pattern for my gauge. Since I happen to own the Knitware Sweater software, I was able to put in my measurements, create a basic sweater design, and then “tweak” the finished measurements until they matched my numbers. That was a lot more time consuming than it sounds, since the software designs sweaters for different amounts of ease, based on an “ease factor” – I couldn’t just have it create a top to a specific set of desired finished measurements. So I had to keep tweaking “my” measurements until the finished dimensions came out the way I wanted. Then I still had to modify the basic pattern design for things like neckline width and depth, overall sweater length, and a few other assorted measurements. It probably would have been faster to just use a calculator and do the math by hand, but now that I have both my “size” and a basic pattern entered into the software, it will be much easier and faster to design more sweaters for myself. Or if I want to knit the same sweater in a different yarn, all I need to do is plug in my new stitch and row gauge, and print out the new pattern.
I couldn’t have asked for a better result! It fits exactly the way I wanted it to. It also happens to fit Susan perfectly, except for the sleeves being a little too long. I may have to lock it up if she comes over for a visit.
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, colorway 10, about 5 1/2 skeins
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 3 (3.25 mm)
Ravelry: Project page