Guys. Guys. Guys. I finished the sweater. No seriously.
Note the ribbed area around the front: THIS TOOK SO LONG. So many freaking stitches I didn’t even count, back and forth for FOUR INCHES of ribbing. I hate ribbing. It is the worst stitch. Unlike stockinette or garter stitch*, it isn’t quite mindless enough to completely pay attention to something else, so you can’t fully devote your attention to watching Mad Men. Or some educational documentary. I actually shouldn’t say that too shiftily, I’ve been enjoying Boston Med.
But anyway: a finished sweater! On that fits! One that I will actually wear!
As you can see by the crappy mirror picture, I do need to wet it so I can even out the ribbing in the front, but other than that, woo! I can’t wait for it to get cold so I can wear it. I may make a belt for it, but it’s designed to be belted, pinned, or just hang open and I think it looks good open. I may also add pockets.
*Note on stitches: grab a piece of knit cloth to look at. A t-shirt will work if you have good eyesight but a knit sweater is better if you have one. If you look at a plain area, you will notice small V’s, which are knit stitches. If you look on the reverse side (unless there is a facing), there are small bars, which are purl stitches. A purl is simply a reversed knit, and vice versa. Stockinette stitch is the usual, flat knitting: knit 1 row, purl 1 row, forming a plain fabric. Garter is knit every row, producing a ridged fabric. These are the two most basic knit fabrics. Rib is alternating knit and purl stitches, which end up scrunching together accordion-style, which is why I need to adjust the front so it looks nicer. The ribbing in this patter is 2×2 (knit 2, purl 2).