Knitting Along: 30 Day Sweater Challenge with Jen Geigley (week 2)

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Hello again! This is Jen Geigley from makeXdo and I wanted to share my progress from week 2 of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge. Heather and I are both moving along nicely on our sweaters, and it's hard not to get excited as the pieces really start to come together. The photo above shows where I'm at this week with my colorblocked raglan baseball tee, using three colors of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted. (Brushed Silver, Sapphire and Orange Peel.) This yarn is knitting up so nicely and evenly! I've separated for sleeves and now that I'm past the raglan increases and knitting the body in the round, things are going much quicker! This photo shows the back of the sweater, but in the front I have left an opening down one of the raglan diagonals where I will pick up and knit a button band later on. Up until now, I have been knitting this sweater flat. I don't know why, but I'm awfully excited to start knitting those Sapphire sleeves. I've caught myself daydreaming about this sweater a few times, and I've gone back and forth trying to decide if I want to put an orange cuff at the bottom of each sleeve. (What do you think?)

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And speaking of sleeves, this week's knitting homework included a super great sleeve worksheet that helps you plan out your sleeve length and decreases. I hadn't looked ahead to this section and in my mind, I was just going to try to eyeball this/figure it out on my own but I was so happy to find that (of course) there was another equation to make my pattern perfect.

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Here's one last photo of the inside of my little colorblocked sweater. The only way to knit this type of sweater (with different colored sleeves) without seaming is to treat the sleeves like their own blocks of color, intarsia style. So as I was knitting my raglan increases, I was also changing colors and wrapping my gray and blue working yarn each time I came to a color change. I have to admit that the thought of increasing and making nice, neat wraps (without making mistakes) freaked me out a bit at first, but just like most new skills in knitting, it wasn't hard at all after I had done it a couple of times. I actually enjoyed it as I watched the blue sleeve sections grow and now I totally want to try this on an adult sweater for me! Baby sweaters really are the best way to practice something new.

Thanks for following along with Heather and I during our 30 Day Sweater adventures! Check back soon to see how everything comes together.

 

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If you want to get in on the action and knit your own sweater, visit 30daysweater.com to download your free sweater planning guide. And! We're partnering with NobleKnits.com for the the month of October and you can get 15% off of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn! Use the code: 30DAYSWEATER at checkout. Now let's get knitting!