1.20.2011

kaari sweater 2.0

kaari sweater, second try

Two years ago I knit my first Kaari sweater.  I loved the pattern, but the size I made was too big.  A year ago I started making a second version of the sweater using my own measurements instead of the ones in the pattern.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to pick up the project again and finish it.  I wore it on Tuesday, and it fit perfectly!  This is the first sweater I've made that actually fits me.  I felt cozy and warm all day.  I know I sound like a broken record, but I LOVE the Frog Tree yarn that I used.  It's so soft.

37 comments:

vanessa said...

great job!!! it takes patience to reknit a sweater, but this is beautiful and the results are well worth it.

evencleveland said...

It looks fantastic, Jenny, and I love those jeans.

jennifer said...

ah, it looks great on you! i hate it when knitting projects end up not fitting right. i'm glad you were successful the second time around!

Melissa said...

Fabulous job! I've always wanted to re-knit patterns but am never patient enough to do so cause I always want to start the next project. I love both versions of your Kaari.

Katie said...

Gorgeous sweater!!:D You do a wonderful job of knitting, I myself have been teaching myself and have started with a scarf for my husband...good thing he loves me, cause its a bumpy start. Lol. Though I guess that's how you get good:)
Blessings,
Katie.:)

Laura said...

ahhh that looks perfect for the weather we're having right now.

hibou said...

Oh it really is perfect! I admire your patience in re-knitting a pattern to get the right fit.

stephanie renee said...

it is so perfect, i am so impressed with your knitting skills!

sarahjane said...

My word, your knits have been amazing lately! I can't believe you made your own measurements. How in the world did you figure out how to do that? Well done!

melissa said...

this is so beautiful! i'm glad you made another, and you're inspiring me to finally finish my own, which has been waiting forever to be blocked.

nicole said...

Your first version was lovely, but this one is amazing! I want one NOW.

Judi said...

That looks cozy, the whole outfit is so winter-y.

jocelyn said...

wow, i need this pattern! thanks for sharing, it looks great

Lissa said...

OMGEE you finished it! it looks really great - fits like a glove.

abby said...

I love it! So satisfying to make yourself something that fits just right. Looks perfect layered over that top too.

simple things said...

wow. what a lovely knit. nice work!

nikaela marie said...

lovely!

xoxo

Carolanne said...

The sweater is perfect. The only distraction is the Winter Plaid Top that you're shamelessly flaunting underneath it. Anytime you want to make more... no pressure.

katie f said...

hi jenny, i think your sweater is lovely. i tackled my first sock the other day (well it took me over the course of three days) and im trying to get up the stamina to start the match. it's not really fun only having one sock. you're right about your recommendations though, my next pair will need a couple of pattern modifications to fit me just right. in the mean time, this pair will do well over slim socks to keep me warm in and about the house.

thanks for the knit inspiration!

Carolyn said...

This is just beautiful! I love the charcoal colour of this. I might have to just get this pattern,thankyou for the link to this...

kittenrocket said...

great work! it looks good on you - you did a good job with the measurements. finishing a sweater must feel so satisfying.

erica-knits said...

What a great sweater! I noticed that many people on Ravelry complained about the sizing of the Kaari, your sizing here is absolutely perfect. So impressed.

debbie said...

Your sweater turned out beautifully. I may have to add this one to my ravelry queue. :)

karen said...

It looks great! Good job, dude!

Also, I wanted to let you know that I was hanging out with my knitting group the other night, and one of the ladies mentioned that she has been reading your blog and is inspired to learn how to knit socks! Awesome! Way to spread the sock-knitting love.

Hyena In Petticoats said...

I'm so glad you finally had success with a sweater!

I highly recommend Elizabeth Zimmermann for excellent sweater knitting instructions that are easily adaptable to your own patterns - Knitting Without Tears is a good place to start. Also, a lot of sweater knitters love Knitting From The Top Down by Barbara Walker, so you might want to check that out too....

I went from being a scarf knitter, to reading EZ, to knitting nine sweaters last year - all of which fit perfectly! Amazing!

Leah xx

veera said...

Beautiful, Jenny! The fit is perfect. Must knit one too!

Belinda said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely Jenny :)

WSAKE said...

it looks just perfect! i think i have to get this pattern too, when i find w bunch of yarn that´s worth knitting... a bit difficult in those small towns...

HAGEBUTTE MonisMoniKate said...

Hi Jenny!
I love your sweater! It's simple to knit?! But where can I get the pattern in Germany??
Regards
Moni

Clare said...

I love the multi-pocketed front, it looks great, well done!

by r. said...

Amazing! Whenever I read your blog I want to live life over again and be a designer/sewer/knitter like you! Maybe once i become a famous writer i can take up knitting? :)

Chaucee said...

What a beautiful sweater! The color is beautiful.

kenzie said...

love it! You inspire me to start tackling some more involved projects, I know I have the knowledge and experience to do it, now I just need the patience!

jennifer said...

That's bad ass!

julia said...

This one looks so awesome! That's great you went back and made a second one, and the sizing alteration looks just right! When I made my second one I just downsized the needles a few sizes, but it still was too big! I wish I had had the patience to use my own measurements :p

Regina said...

I love the sweater and the pockets! It is the best feeling when something knitted fits perfectly.

Jenn said...

I just saw this Twist Collective pattern which reminded me of your sweater(s), too.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skalva