I finished this pullover before Christmas and have been wearing it a lot the last couple of weeks. I made it as part of prepping for my Christmas dress. As I wrote in my last post, I had planned to make a sweater and skirt, but I ended up sewing a dress.
However, I had already made a pattern for the Christmas sweater as well as a trial version. This pullover is that mock-up.
The pattern for this is knocked off of a thrifted sweater that I altered to fit last winter. The pattern came out pretty well; the only alterations I’d make if I used it again would be to lengthen both the sleeves and the hemline.
I bought the main fabric for this sweater from the same department store sale where I got the fabric for my Christmas dress. I splurged and bought 7 pieces of fabric at that sale, but I’m proud to say I’ve already used up 6 of them!
The ribbing for this project comes from an old sweater. It’s not quite the same color as my fabric, but I like the contrast. And I think the ribbing makes the sweater look more like it was knitted, rather than sewn.
To make the wide cuffs at the wrists, I cut two rectangles out of the back yoke of the old sweater. Unlike the rest of the ribbing, I had to finish the edges of the cuffs, which was a real pain because I only have one pair of knitting needles, and they were the wrong size. Binding off those edges really stretched my patience – this is why I’ve never really gotten into knitting!
Other than that, constructing the sweater was straightforward – I just serged everything together. I had to put the ribbing at the neckline and hem on twice because they weren’t tight enough.