Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hand Knit Sweater and Hat

Hello my sewing friends, hope you are doing great. I have been away from the blog because busy with other stuff and my sewing mood was so low. But things are not so bad, in the middle of my lousy mood I finished my hand knit sweater and hat.
This is my first ever knitted sweater and I am happy with how it turned out. It is a simple sweater with square armhole, 2x2 rib stitch for sleeves, neckline and hem band, the rest using stockinette stitch. For the pattern, I just took note of several patterns in ravelry and knit magazine then I make my own.
I am not making a note of each step as I usually did in previous projects. My hand just knit and I did it :)

For the sweater I used 7 balls of schachenmayr Bravo - acrylic in white spotty colour - 00002. Each ball is 50 grams and the needles is size 3.5 mm and 4 mm.
For the hat I used 1.5 balls of grignasco Australia - pure new wool in mustard colour - 906. Each ball is 50 grams, circular needles size 5 mm.

I remember that the knitting process for sweater started with back piece, cast on with smaller needles 98 stitches. Then 2x2 rib stitch for the hem until measures 6 cm. I increased one stitch in both sides in the last row. After that I changed to the bigger needles and work in stockinette stitch, shaped the armhole and marked for the shoulder and back neck.
After the back piece done, I worked on the front piece. I did the same way as the back piece, with different way of finishing the shoulder and neckline.
Then I worked on the sleeves, cast on 50 sts with smaller needles followed by 2x2 rib stitch until measures 6 cm. Change to the bigger needles and work in stockinette stitch. Shaped the sleeve and bind off.
After I had all the pieces, I sew them together in order and shaped along the neckline with 2x2 rib stitch using the smaller needle until measures 2 cm. Done.

Here is the final sweater, front - back and the closer look of the sweater detail.

Now, let's talk about the hat. This is my second version of knitted hat, I made it very simple and a little bit loose. It started with cast on 80 stitches in 5 mm circular needle following by 2x2 rib stitch until measures 4 cm. Then continue with stockinette stitch until the hat body measures 24 cm. After that I shaped the crown until the hat measures 32 cm. Bind off and tighten the end. Done!
I think the process was very easy and I am ready for another version with more difficult stitches such as cable, fisherman's rib, etc.

And here are the pictures of the finished hat, hope you like it as much as I do :)

Knit stitches that I learned from the experts:
Stockinette Stitch from Studio Knit
2x2 Rib Stitch from Studio Knit
How to sew shoulder seam from BerrocoKnitBits
How to sew in square armhole from PatonsYarns
How to seam : set-in sleeve from PatonsYarns
Sweater finishing: How to pick up stitches around the neck from Knitting with Cheryl Brunette

That's it for my today post, I am wishing all my friends a happy crafting and sewing. I am going to prepare my sewing for tomorrow and hope to show you my very late tops for MAGAM March by the end of this month :)