The First Sweater

A Lovely Sweater

A Lovely Sweater

Ta-da! Finished at last. My first sweater ever to be hand-spun, hand-dyed, and hand-crocheted. (I’d add “hand-processed,” but that wouldn’t be truthful because I bought the fiber as nice, squishy roving.)

Anyway, to recap. It’s spun on my Saxony wheel from a little less than a pound of merino roving. ($14.50 a pound merino roving, no less! If you want to get in on that deal, go to Paradise Fibers.)

Dyed Yarn

Dyed Yarn

The yarn is somewhere between a sport weight and a DK weight, two ply, and very low twist. Enough to hold it together and give it some stability while retaining an element of “smoosh.” It took a couple tests to get it right, then I spun it up and dyed it with cochineal (alum and cream of tartar mordant) and started crocheting.

Blueprint Crochet provided the pattern called “The RaeAnne Sweater.” The blue sweater on the left side of the cover is what the author’s version looked like. My gauge got off so I had to modify it a bit, but it worked out well. I’m very pleased with it! I even worked up the nerve to wear it outside the house to Rita’s Italian Ices, and nobody said, “What a funny-looking sweater.”

Here’s the back. The whole thing is nice and warm, but it still seems to breathe.



3 Responses to The First Sweater
  1. outandin
    March 24, 2009 | 4:22 pm

    That is a very pretty and elegant sweater. Enjoy it while the weather still permits!

  2. Sarah
    March 24, 2009 | 8:04 pm

    Great work!

  3. Whitney
    March 24, 2009 | 9:34 pm

    Good for you! You should be proud to wear your vest/sweater anywhere!

    Aunt debbie

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