So these have both been done for quite some time, but I am just now getting around to posting pictures. :hiding:
For my first sweater (a spring style), I did Bob from knitty.com in Endless Summer Collection Connemara from Elann.com, color Oasis Teal. My gauge turned out quite a bit different than the pattern called for and I didn’t like the fabric when I switched needles to get gauge, so I was adventurous and modified the pattern. The only tricky bit was on the raglan decreases, since I needed to decrease way more stitches than the pattern called for in about the same number of rows. Once I got the body up to the armholes, I knit the sleeves in the round until the start of the decreases, then put everything together and knit the raglan decrease section in the round. A bit tricky for the first few rows, but it ended up working out great.
The second sweater (design-your-own) was done with Paton’s “Fresco” in Very Berry. This is a 100% acrylic woven ribbon yarn that is so soft - feels like a cotton yarn but much lighter when knit up. Because this yarn was rather bulky, I decided to go with plain old vanilla stockinette stitch. I did a hemmed picot edge on the bottom, waist shaping and deep short rows to accomodate the girls. The KAL was supposedly for a tank, but my stockinette was curling so much I decided to just do a simple V neck, ending with short-row shoulder shaping and a 3-needle bind-off. A row of single crochet around the neck and armholes finished it off. The pictures don’t really do the fit justice - it came out better than I expected! I had great fun with my first forey into designing, and ended up learning or actually using 4-5 new techniques. Thanks again, Hilde, for all of your encouragement!