My First Sweater

If you are an Instagram user, you’ve probably seen some great posts from yarn crafters over there, showing off some of their first projects. The hashtags #myfirsthandknitsweater and #firstsweater inspired by Andrea Mowry and Kristin at Voolenvine Yarns started circulating late last week, and we were so pleased to see some of them were knit with Berroco yarns!

I fell asleep to #shamelessfirstknits and woke up to #myfirstsweater. Im sure I knit some baby sweaters before I tackled this one, but this was my first adult sweater, finished in 2009. The pattern was Opulent Raglan, from a magazine I had picked up, less the bell sleeves it was designed with, and adjusted from Aran to worsted weight yarn. I knit this in Ultra Alpaca, and it was the project that taught me that no matter how soft alpaca feels in the hank, it itches like MAD and also makes my hands hot while I’m knitting. I bought the yarn at a now-shuttered local shop, and I remember spending HOURS trying to choose yarn because the lighting was so terrible and I never had any idea what the colors really looked like. I think I wore this sweater twice before I realized I couldn’t handle the itching—the fit and cut meant I couldn’t wear anything useful underneath. I’m not 100% sure, but I suspect this landed at the thrift shop for someone less tender-skinned to enjoy. #knittersofinstagram #handknits #fallbackfriday

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I’m jumping on the #myfirsthandknitsweater bandwagon. The year was 2008 and after a few years of knitting I was determined to become an accomplished sweater knitter. This is my 3rd or 4th sweater, but the earliest sweater with a photo of it actually being worn. (Which kinda let’s you know how well the earlier ones went. 😬). The pattern is Acton by @norahgn in Berroco Love It which was a cotton nylon blend that actually was pretty great as far as cotton blends go. I wore it constantly but the only top I could find that went well with it was the one I’m wearing in the photo. I still have the sweater packed away somewhere, the top sadly is gone. Local friends check out old school Wool & Co in the background. #memories❤ . . . . . . #knitting #knittersofinstagram #yarn #strikking #tricot #sweaterknitting #tbt #myfirstsweater

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If you knit your first sweater with Berroco yarn, please be sure to tag us (@berrocoyarn) if you share it on Instagram! And be sure to tag us or use #berrocoyarn for any post you share using a Berroco yarn—we’d love to see it!

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