First Sweater, Complete: Andrea’s Murray Pullover
I have officially completed my first-ever handknitted sweater! Congratulations are in order, if I do say so myself. For my first foray into garments with sleeves, I chose the Murray Pullover, a design from Wool Studio Vol. VI, the Norah Gaughan Collection. It’s a simple design with an allover stitch pattern, almost no shaping, and drop shoulders, so I wouldn’t be tripped up learning new skills while knitting the largest thing I’ve ever made. This, as it turns out, was a really good idea.
While the knitting was never particularly difficult in the course of my sweater adventure, I underestimated how much endurance I would need to complete my journey.
I started my Murray Pullover back in March. Back then, when I was young and naïve, I thought I would finish up in late April. When last you heard from me in mid-May, I was confidently knitting my way down the first sleeve, having missed my deadline, but feeling certain that I would finish before summer officially started.
*checks calendar* Whoops.
Things got much more frustrating from there. Somehow, I never quite realized how much fabric there is in one sleeve . . . much less two! My long-standing fear of sleeves began to seem a lot less irrational. If you think second sock syndrome is bad, try second sleeve syndrome!
Once the knitting was done on the sleeves, the finishing really wasn’t so bad. I brushed up on my mattress stitch skills and did my seaming in two long sessions. Considering how worried I was about finishing, it was pretty anti-climactic—truly, nothing I hadn’t done before. Maybe it was just that I could sense that I was in the home stretch, but I found seaming much more tolerable than actually knitting the darned sleeves!
While I’ve certainly broken myself of my fear of knitting sweaters, I think I’m solidly ready to go back to the sleeveless life for a while. In fact, I might even need a short break from knitting altogether! A seasonal switch to crochet, anyone?
What do you like to knit after weeks straight of working on a big project? Let me know in the comments!
Yours in Stitches,
(Photography by Andrea Lotz unless credited otherwise.)
What will you choose for your first sweater pattern?