brooklyn tweed-forester sweater
Posted on 30 November 2014
Until now, most of my knitting has been limited to scarves and hats-things that can be wrapped up in a couple of movie nights and weekend afternoons. But a girl can only have so many scarves in her closet...and mine's bursting at the seams.
Last winter, I took a chance and decided to knit a sweater. Or, started to knit a sweater. I ended up casting on too tight with a fragile yarn and the neckline broke halfway through, so it's now hidden somewhere in my knitting box until I figure out how to fix it...and it's still only halfway completed. But when I saw the Forester Sweater from Brooklyn Tweed at my local yarn shop, I knew it was time to give it a go again.
I ended up sizing down so that it fit a little tighter on me than it fits on the model from Brooklyn Tweed. It's meant to be more of tunic, but I've tried on enough oversize sweaters to know that I look like a tent without a little bit of shape. I settled on the second smallest size (39 1/2" bust circumference) and am so happy with how it turned out. It has just enough ease to be incredibly comfy and cozy without being too overwhelming in size.
I loved how quickly this came together! Knitting with two strands of yarn made me feel like I was actually making progress after a couple hours of knitting and created a beautiful, natural heathered look. Definitely more satisfying than my last sweater attempt. The construction it pretty straight forward and well written, without any too complicated techniques. It's worked top down in the round, which means no seams! I'd definitely recommend this to any intermediate knitters who are ready to take a jump into sweater making.
What's your favorite sweater pattern? I can't wait to start my next one!