Knitting Along: 30 Day Sweater Challenge with Jen Geigley (week 4)

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Hello! This is Jen Geigley from makeXdo, posting one last time with a wrap-up on my Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted sweater for the 30 Day Sweater Challenge. I'm thrilled to say that I did it! I knitted this little sweater in 30 days. And I have to say, it is probably the nicest-fitting, softest sweater I've ever knit. I'm in love with this yarn, and I've learned a lot this past month. Here are some photos of my little boy wearing his new Ewe Ewe hand-knit raglan baseball sweater.

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I am so happy with the way this project turned out – it is exactly how I envisioned it! I made it a tiny bit bigger than the size my son wears now so he'll be able to wear it all winter. (We all know kids grow too fast!) This was definitely a fantastically fun garment to knit and now I'm itching to start knitting a new sweater for myself. Isn't that always how it goes? On to the next project!

Thanks so much for following along on my 30 Day Sweater journey. And thank you to Heather for inviting me to take this challenge with her – it's been a wonderful experience!

 

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Knitting Along: 30 Day Sweater Challenge with Jen Geigley (week 3)

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It's week 3 of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge! I'm Jen Geigley, guest posting from makeXdo, and I wanted to share my progress on my child-sized Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted raglan colorblocked sweater. Last week, I finished my raglan increases and separated the sleeves from the body. And obviously this week, I knit the body and added a 1x1 rib bottom edge in Wooly Worsted Orange Peel. It's always exciting to finish knitting the body of any sweater, but I was really looking forward to knitting the orange on this hem!

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One thing I needed to plan for this week was a four-day trip to NYC, during which I knew I wouldn't have much time to knit. Luckily, this printable sweater planning calendar is included in the  30 Day Sweater Challenge and I'm surprised that something so simple can really help keep me on track. (But it works!) Writing down my daily and weekly goals has made everything feel so much more doable. I was able to knit ahead before I left for my trip, leaving a very manageable amount of catch-up knitting when I got home. And now I'm right where I'm supposed to be. I can't wait to get started on my sleeves – we're definitely on the home stretch now!

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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!

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!

Knitting Along: 30 Day Sweater Challenge with Jen Geigley

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Hello! My name is Jen Geigley and I'm a knitter/blogger over at makeXdo. I'm thrilled to be knitting a sweater in Wooly Worsted along with Heather during the 30 Day Sweater Challenge this month! I love knitting sweaters for myself and for my children, but until now I have always followed a pattern. I understand the basics of sweater construction, but I have always wanted to learn more and that's why I was so excited to participate in this challenge. I've decided to knit a raglan sweater for my 1-year-old son using three fantastic colors of Wooly Worsted – Brushed Silver, Sapphire and Orange Peel.  

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I (like Heather!) started with measurements and calculations earlier this week to get my stitch counts, and then made my cast-on plan. This worksheet was the perfect way to make sure that everything was adding up.

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Here's where things start getting a little bit crazy! But so much fun. My plan for this sweater took some brainstorming, but it's totally going to be worth it and Heather has been kind enough to help me figure out all of the technicalities along the way! I am knitting a baseball-style raglan with contrasting sleeves for my son, starting with the awesome pop of Orange Peel for the ribbing around the neck, and then a Brushed Silver body with Sapphire sleeves. These colors look amazing together! I've only been knitting for a few inches but I'm already so pleased with how this is turning out. I was a tiny bit nervous to start the raglan increases while making sure to wrap my color changes for the sleeves, but it hasn't been as hard as I thought! Heather wisely advised that I make a button band down one of the raglan edges so I am knitting this flat until I get to the underarms.

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!

Our 30 day sweaters start now!

Here at Ewe Ewe we are joining the 30 Day Sweater class! Over the course of the month we will learn how to make a custom fit sweater with the help of Lacie and Johnny. You can check out the class at 30daysweater.com.

I hope you join in! I will be here posting about my sweater and so will my friend Jen Geigley from Make X Do. (You may know her as the designer of the insanely popular Gap-tastic cowl on Ravelry!) It's going to be a lot of fun to see how our sweaters go. We will both be using Wooly Worsted merino yarn for our sweaters. 

Day 1 of the sweater class has you work on choosing yarn (squishy Wooly Worsted for us!), designing your sweater and knitting a gauge swatch. I decided to knit a pullover for myself. I want something loose and oversized with a boat neck and 3/4 sleeves. I think I would wear it all the time! But in what color? How can I choose a color? All of these colors are like my babies. I'd wear a sweater in any of them! 

Finally I made a choice. Red Poppy it will be. A nice big red sweater. Perfect! 

Jen decided to knit a sweater for her one year old son. He's going to be hanging out in a cute baseball-style raglan sweater with a Brushed Silver body, Sapphire blue sleeves and that's all topped off with a pop of Orange Peel Wooly Worsted yarn at the neck and cuffs. So cute! I can't wait to see it come together! 

Then we got gauge! Knitting a gauge swatch is crucial to make a sweater that fits. A knitted gauge swatch tells you how many stitches and rows per inch you knit with the yarn and needles you're using. 

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After a little time with a ruler these little squares of fabric will tell us how tightly or loosely we knit. Then on Day 2 of the 30 Day Sweater Course we'll learn how to turn those numbers in to our unique sweater designs! 

I hope you'll join us for the 30 Day Sweater Challenge. Jen and I will both be posting about our progress so stay tuned and read along! 

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!