While I’d say most of the people who take my Fit to Flatter classes are what I’d call “intermediate or above” knitters, really the classes are aimed at anyone adventurous (regardless of skill level). And usually there are at least one or two people who have never knit a sweater before.
I’m always so excited for those knitters! Like most of you I’m sure, my early sweater attempts were hit-or-miss at best. And the thought of never wasting those hours (and that money) on an unloved sweater are really compelling. So I’ve often wondered, over the past year, how things are going for those first-timers.
Imagine my delight when I opened my inbox one morning recently to find a note from Jan. Jan took one of my classes in the marathon sessions after Sock Summit in July and had never knit a sweater for herself. In the email, Jan shared that she’d completed her first sweater and was thrilled. I looked at the picture and just about leaped out of my seat. Lovely readers, this is her first sweater:
The pattern is my Cornsilk Pullover, and the yarn Jan used is Mirasol Nuna. She knit the sweater with 2” of positive ease in the upper bust (my recommendation for a “slightly roomy” fit). I love so many things about her sweater, but I want to talk about two in particular.
Beginning knitters can still get great sweaters. Jan’s sweater requires very little in the way of advanced technique–no charts, no colorwork/lace/cables, just Stockinette and garter stitch. She didn’t do a lot of crazy modifications. There are increases and decreases, and the collar uses a few short rows… but really, this is an incredibly simple sweater that would be perfect for an adventurous beginner. Don’t be afraid, knitters!
Sweaters with positive ease can still look great. It’s not necessary to knit something with a bunch of negative ease (i.e. the sweater’s size is smaller than your body measures) to get a flattering fit. If the sweater is shaped well, even a sweater with some room will still flatter your figure. Thanks to the waist shaping in this sweater, Jan has both room to breathe in her pullover and a tailored, flattering look.
I’m just thrilled Jan shared her picture with me (and gave me permission to share it with you). Best part of all? Reading her comments:
The class was incredibly helpful and your design terrific. This is my first sweater and it looks and feels like a fabulous boutique find. Thanks!
Hats off to Jan! And may we all have a closet full of boutique sweaters.