Friday, March 07, 2008

Top down raglan in done!!

After a bath and rest, I am happy to say the never-ending top down raglan is finally done!

Top dowm raglan

Stats:

Pattern: Unpattern top down raglan by Karen Alfke
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool in color code 35
Needles: Knit Picks Interchangables in size US 7
Alterations: Added seed stitch edging


This post has been a year and a half in the works. I started this sweater at Stitches east in 2006 after taking the Unpattern: Top down raglan class from Karen Alfke. We knit teddy bear sweaters in class to learn the technique - which is basically a way to create the perfect sized raglan based on your yarn gauge and the size you want to end up with.

Teddy bear sweater

Immediately after I took this photo - I had an idea...

Hurley models a sweater

"Ah mom! Bailey is laughing at me! Take it off!"

Hurley models a sweater

heheh! Sorry - got side tracked....

Anyway - after knitting the teddy bear sweater - I ran down to the marketplace and bought enough yarn to knit a sweater for me! I was so excited! My first sweater! I cast on immediately and the sweater began...

... and continued, until I got about here:

Top Down Raglan

...then I proceeded to get tired of knitting stockinette in the round! And into hibernation it went.

It sat untouched for over a year. After finished my CPH and Ariann, I wanted to start another new sweater - I was on a roll! But this sweater kept calling to me... "what about me?"it wanted to know. "Did you forget me?"

So - I did the right thing. I went back and finished my work.
And I'm very happy I did - because now I have the perfect sweater for relaxing on the couch, wearing over t-shirts and wearing when I just want to be comfy!

Here are some more details:

Top dowm raglan

Top dowm raglan


Top dowm raglan


Top dowm raglan

So Karen - if you ever find this post - I finally finished my sweater! Thanks for an awesome pattern!!

26 comments:

Guylaine said...

well worth the wait! what a great sweater!!

SockMamaLiz said...

The seed stitch border is lovely and the color is great, too. Nice Nice!

Kerry said...

It's gorgeous! I especially like the seed stitch border as well. :-)

Trillian42 said...

Lovely! It looks great on you, too!

Theresa said...

Oh, I like it! Good color for you!

Chrisknits said...

Wonderful! Glad you persevered and finished it. I need to get back to the gazillion sweaters I have started. My oldest Stitches knit, a shawl I started on the way to SMW 2003, with yarn I purchased at SMW in 2001. All I need to do is finish the lace border!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow, totally rockin! It's gorgeous, girlie.

Bea said...

Oh it turned out wonderfully. I heart seed stich. I like that teddy bear sweater on your doggy. Poor doggy, but he looks so cute!

Ann said...

Jody - it looks so good! The color is great and the seed stitch is a really nice touch. Worth resuscitating!

ahufford said...

That is a wonderful color! Great job and looks good on you.

Zonda said...

Hehe..Love the dog sweater!

But yours is gorgeous! Nothing better than a comfy sweater! ;)

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!
-Rebecca

Diane D. said...

Way to go - it's wonderful!

Stitchify said...

I agree with Theresa - great color choice! Very nice. And congrats for wrapping up a WIP into a FO!

Ruth said...

It's wonderful, great colour and great style. Your poor little dog looks so cross in that second photo :)

bySarah said...

It looks perfect on you!!

mrspao said...

Beautiful sweater. The colour looks super on you.

GailM521 said...

Wonderful, looks very comfy!!

Mama-E said...

you look great!

Janey said...

Your perserverence definately paid off...your sweater is gorgeous! The seed dtitch makes it perfect!

Polly said...

Love the border (oh and you're cute too)

tinkknitz said...

Looks comfy and the seed border really makes it work. Keep cranking out those F.O.s!

Lisette M said...

Congratulations on finishing your sweater! I had to show my kids your dog in his sweater, poor thing he looked humiliated...

Jinann said...

The sweater is beautiful! I love both the pattern and the yarn.

(Doggie's sweater looks great too!)

Anonymous said...

I love your details on the topdown raglan. Nice job!

StampingJoan said...

omg! I love your sweater!!! I just made a t-shirt type sweater for my Mom for Mother's Day as my first sweater and now need one for me! Can you tell me where I can get the pattern you used?