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Weasley Sweater #1

I'm crazy. If there was ever any doubt, let's just clear this up right now: I am bonafide, 100% nutso.

It all started innocently enough.  A few years ago, when I had gotten to the point where I was knitting every day and pumping out a fair number of projects, I decided it would be a cool tradition to knit one handmade item for my children each year as a Christmas present.  Did you read that?  ONE handmade item.  Just ONE.  That was the plan, the original intention.  And the first year, I totally stuck to that, and each of them got a brand new knitted hat from me.

Last year, I was pregnant with my fourth child, and instead of nesting (as in, cleaning and organizing the house), I was CRAFT nesting.  I couldn't stop knitting and crocheting.  Apparently, that is how I nest now!  I ended up making each child a brand new hat AND a set of duplicate stitch mittens.  Still small projects, so no big shakes, right?

Fast forward to now.  I have dedicated pretty much my entire year to knitting Christmas gifts for my kids (with occasional breaks for my sock challenge and charity knitting).  Earlier this year, I was planning a pair of socks, a hat, and a stuffie for each of them.  Then I decided it would be a great year to knit them each a Weasley sweater.  Yeah.  FOUR child-sized sweaters.  In just a few months.

Did I mention I'm crazy?

But really.... if Molly Weasley can do it, and she has WAY more kids than I do, I can do it too, right?  Never mind that she is a fictional character with magic on her side.... that is sooooooo besides the point......  ;)






Well, crazy or not, I guess I'm doing this!  I finished the first sweater on June 17.  I did the duplicate stitch chart myself, since the pattern I used only offered a chart for an "H".  I was really simple and easy to adapt, though.  If you are familiar with duplicate stitch, charts, fair isle, etc., it will be a breeze!

Here is the finished object:

I am deliriously happy with it.  If I was nitpicking (as I tend to do), my only complaints would be that the sleeves might be a smidge too long, and the torso a smidge too short.  This seems to happen with every sweater I make, though... what is up with that?  With the next sweaters I make I am going to be mindful of this, and knit a longer torso and shorter sleeves.  Hopefully that will remedy the situation.  In the meantime, I hope my son sprouts a hobbit's body with gorilla arms so that this fits perfectly!  Haha.  (I'm exaggerating; its not really that bad, and I tried it on his brother and it fits very well.... I'm just a perfectionist at heart!)

PROJECT DETAILS:

Pattern:  The Weasley Sweater by Alison Hansel from the book Charmed Knits

Needles:  Addi Turbo Interchangeables, size US 7

Yarn:  Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Solids, in Red Ochre and Yellow (Duplicate Stitch)

Yardage:  872 Yards

Crafting Dates:  May 26 - June 17, 2014

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