I’ve just finished my third ever garment and first cardigan, a free pattern from Lionbrand: http://www.lionbrand.com/knitting-pattern-tied-hoodie-1.html
I just have to put on the buttons. My main challenge knitting this was the assembly of the pieces at the end. The dreaded seaming. I learnt a lot, but some things are still unresolved for me. For the back of the hood I used this seamless technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJpbWTH0DoU&list=PLqaNovA_fOqH38_n2ygrKCcS3CP60Xk6M&t=0s&index=37
I was very satisfied with that. For the shoulder seams, I used a three-needle-bind-off technique. To attach the sleeves to the armhole, I used a mattress stitch seaming technique on one side, and a grafting technique on the other. Yikes!! That was the biggest challenge and I’m not satisfied with the results. To join the sleeves, I used a seaming technique for garter stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsQsJZtNN_s&index=34&list=PLqaNovA_fOqH38_n2ygrKCcS3CP60Xk6M&t=0s
I was satisfied with the result. I noticed that I got a better result when I seemed one stitch in, rather than taking the first stitch on the edge.
Attaching the hood to the neckline was a big challenge. In future, I’ll learn how to “pick up stitches” to do this. My result, which was a combination of seaming and grafting, was kind of a disaster. Good that it’s in the back!
Finally, a mystery I never solved: when knitting the sleeves, I was instructed to increase a total of eleven times (working 6 rows in pattern before each increase). However, the sleeves reached the required length way before I could increase that many times. I therefore had to omit the “work in pattern” part, then increase 4 stitches at a time (rather than 2) a couple of times right before casting off. I made just made sure to have the right number of stiches on the needle at the end and also to have to right sleeve length. Maybe something was out of whack with my tension?
I hope you can give me feedback. All in all, I would love to try this pattern again with some modifications, or find a similar garter stitch cardigan with less seaming to do.
Thanks very much!