Friday, 6 November 2015

Craftsy Course


I have always been a terrible knitter, and yet- look at what I knitted!!!


I followed a Craftsy course- 'My First Sweater'.
I found the course to be easy to understand, very clear and enjoyable to follow.

If you are not familiar with Craftsy, it is a website of video courses often focusing on one particular skill or project.  Once you pay for the course, all of the video content remains in your library for you to go back to at any time.


I shortened the pattern to make the length hit the waist. This is my favourite length and is very difficult to find in the shops. 




I played around with some embroidery around the neckline. The flowers work very well in the front, but not so well in the back. It was awkward trying to embroider on knitwear. I could do with a little more practice I think. 


I have used an assortment of autumnal shades for this cardigan to add to my small but slowly growing collection of colder weather clothing. 

I have an astoundingly small amount of colder weather clothing for someone who lives in a country that is basically winter for 9 months of the year! I'm hoping to rectify this with some cute cardigans in different colours. 



The button band was quite the challenge. I had to re do this quite a few times before I got it right. Once I figured it out, everything came together like a dream. 


I went with a bracelet length sleeve for a more elegant look, otherwise I always manage dirty cuffs with full length. 


The raglan sleeves were surprisingly easy. Infact overall the entire cardigan was very simple. The process was broken down into short steps that were explained in great detail. 


I had to get some shots by these autumn leaves. You can see my inspirational colour palate perfectly portrayed by nature. 


I can't recommend this course enough. I have always struggled to grasp knitting as I'm not great with all of the counting. Somehow I have managed to knit a beautiful little cardigan.

I don't want to take my new cardigan off, I feel like a little girl who wants to wear her new shoes to bed!

(I am in no way connected with Craftsy, and received no payment for this post. I just wanted to share with you all my new skill and how I managed it.)


X O X O

Christina

18 comments:

  1. Oh what a darling cardigan!! I would have never know you hadn't knit a sweater before, it looks simply amazing!! And I rather like the embroidery you did on it. Can't wait to see the upcoming rainbow of cardigans which will join this one soon, haha!

    Carla, Tiny Angry Crafts

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  2. Well done, that is an impressive bit of knitting!! I really can't knit, but I can embroider. Your embroidery is really pretty xx

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  3. Wow this is amazing!! I have been wanting to learn how to knit for the past few years but I never get around to it... I am feeling inspired again. What a beautiful cardigan! x

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    1. It takes a lot of time and effort I have to admit. But worth every second in the end!

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  4. I don't think you can possibly have ever been a bad knitter - I think you'd need to see my attempts to know what that really looks like! This is really incredible, I'm so impressed! And you're right, that's the perfect length. The only cardigans I've bought that have ever hit this length are the Hell Bunny Paloma cardigans - which I've now got in five colours. Five!!

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    1. I will have to check out the Palomar cardigans, thank you for the recommendation.

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  5. This is absolutely lovely! I can hardly believe that you say you don't knit. It looks perfect. I'll have to bookmark this page so I can do the same course when I have the time!

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    1. I can't recommend the course enough! It took time but my patience paid off.

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  6. Awesome job, sweet dear! I would never have guessed this was your first cardigan. It turned out splendidly and looks va-va-voom gorgeous on you. I especially like the little wooden buttons and pretty flower details. Special touches like that are a big part of what makes handmade clothing so endearingly lovely.

    Oodles of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you. I love these buttons, it took me ages to choose them.

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  7. Wow, great job! The sweater turned out very pretty and I love the embroidery detailing you added :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I want to keep practicing with the embroidery.

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  8. Congratulations on your knitting success. I really like the sweater's color and I think that the embroidery is lovely. Your earrings are lovely, too--are they vintage?

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    1. The earrings are vintage, I found them in a charity shop by chance one day and bought them even though they are clip ons. I pulled off the clasp on the back and glued on some pierced earring backs instead. I was so proud of my ingenuity and wear them all the time!

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  9. Good for you for adapting the earrings to suit your needs! My piercings were always getting infected, so I started buying vintage earrings because it was easier to find clip on types that I can wear. -c

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  10. What great work for your first sweater! I think the embroidery adds just the right touch of pizazz ~ and yes, the length and color are perfect. It's a great skill you are learning ~ making your own sweaters is so satisfying. :) ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  11. What a cute sweater! The colour looks gret on you!

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  12. (Finally figured out how to comment without a Blogger account!!)

    I love your sweater! I've been itching to make myself a cardigan for some time so it's kind of awesome that you were able to use Craftsy. Knitting for me is fun, but I've only ever made hats or scarves, so the next step is a sweater for me but I haven't had any idea of where to start. I'm happy to hear that the course on Craftsy was worth it and super useful; I think I'll take a cue from you and find that course. I want all the sweaters!

    And, the color looks great on you!


    Bianca of Vintage on Tap

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