My First Sweater – Casting On

As I mentioned on my gauge post I was lucky enough that my altered gauge worked well for a few sizes up. I cast on with 192 stitches to follow the 46″ finished bust size. It will not be nearly that big but I won’t have to recalculate any stitch counts until the waist shaping by following this size.  I managed to use over a full ball of yarn before any waist shaping started.

However, I did mess up somehow  when I switched from the bottom rib pattern to the main body pattern.The main body of the sweater has ribbing up both sides. When I switched and to the main body the side ribbing and bottom ribbing did not match up.  It’s probably my fault but it was quite annoying.  I ended up having to redo the first main body round.  Now they match up nicely as you can see above.

The other area that I’m really sad about is when I had to switch to that second ball of yarn.  I thought the side ribbing would be the perfect place to hide the ends but it turned out to be the worst section! As you can see in the red box the woven in ends look horrible.  It completely distorts the ribbing and was not at all a good choice.

The next modification I did was to shorten the sweater.  You’re supposed to be 10-12″ from the cast on edge before starting the waist shaping.  I’ve decided to stop at 6″.  If the schematic is correct the sweater will now be the length I’ve found I prefer in all my sweaters.  It’s taken me 9 hours to finish up to this point.

As a side note, I got my new camera while working on this section.  The sweater pic up top was one of the first pics I took with new camera and it’s the one that is true to color.  The pic on the side showing the siding was taken with my point and shoot and it is not at all true to color.  Even with heavy photo editing this was as close as I could get.

Next post I’ll be working on the waist shaping!

First Sweater Posts:

1. My First Sweater – Measurements
2. My First Sweater – Yarn
3. My First Sweater – Gauge
4. My First Sweater – Casting On
5. My First Sweater – Waist Shaping

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