Complete: My First Sweater!

18 Apr

Fair warning: There are a lot of pictures in this post. Can you blame me? I’m so proud of my little wool baby!


I guess there’s not much more to say, since I’ve documented most of the progress here on the ol’ blog. So just a recap, for anyone who is new –
The pattern is the Agatha Cardigan by Andi Satterlund. I knit a size Small with no alterations – for the record, my bust/waist is 36/26.5 and the negative ease in this sweater fits perfectly. I did have to size down my needles to a 5 to get gauge. The yarn is Cascade 220, a worsted weight, and I used about 3 1/2 skeins.



This sweater is knit top-down, so there wasn’t any seaming to deal with when I finished. I did have to knit the sleeves in the round, which was an interesting learning experience (just don’t look at all the little mistakes I made hahaha). I blocked the shit out of it (especially the sleeves) and it definitely made a huge difference in the fit. As far as I’m concerned, the fit is perfect! Yay!


The only change I made was to stabilize the back of the button bands with petersham ribbon. This wasn’t called for in the pattern, but those bands are stretchy as hell & I didn’t want them to get all stretched out over time (especially since I rarely wear my cardigans un-buttoned). I didn’t follow any specific instructions for this, just hand-sewed the petersham down with teeny tiny stitches & sewed around the button holes to keep it from unraveling. I also used much smaller buttons – the pattern calls for 3/4″, but I could only squeeze 1/2″ buttons in those things.



I learned a LOT making this sweater! Short rows, fairly intricate lace work, knitting in the round with double-pointed needles, reading a pattern, picking up stitches, different ways to cast on… I can’t even remember all of it ahah. One thing I should mention is that this sweater doesn’t have any cables – it kind of looks like it does, but that’s just lace work & ribbing. I do want to learn how to do cables, though! They look like fun!



Extra extra special thanks to both Mika (for knitting along with me & answering all my frantic questions!) and Sarah (for teaching me how to knit in the first place!). I couldn’t have done it without these two fine ladies!


You know what’s really neat? According to my Ravelry notes (psst! Add me if you wanna!), I started this sweater on 1/17… and ended on 4/17. So it took me exactly 3 months! I don’t think that’s too bad, considering I mostly knitted for an hour a day on my lunch break ๐Ÿ™‚




Agatha - front

Agatha - button band
Here’s the petersham! I got a pretty good match, color-wise ๐Ÿ™‚ I know traditionally, the ribbon goes on top of the button band, but I liked the way the ribbing looked so I sewed it to the back.

Agatha -  button band

Agatha - button holes
The button holes are kind of terrible looking, sorry, but I did the best I could. They look good from the front, though!

Agatha - buttons!

Agatha - back

Agatha - side decreases
Side decreases

Agatha - lower arm shaping
Lower arm shaping

Whew! I think that’s enough knitting excitement for one day! I wish I could tell y’all that I was gearing up to tackle another big knitting project, but unfortunately I had to spend my knitting budget at the pharmacy this month (that stupid cough! ARGH.) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So maybe next month! I really want to knit the Miette. Andi has the best patterns, srsly. Love her stuff.

Thanks for letting me indulge, you guys!




71 Responses to “Complete: My First Sweater!”

  1. Lizzy April 18, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    OOhh!!! IT IS GREAT!!! You did an amazing job!!! LOVE it!

  2. Jacquie April 18, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Amazing – well done!

    • cidell April 18, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Yay for you! I am so jealous of knitters. I tried knitting. Totally not my thing. But, I have sweater envy every time I see one of these beautifully crafted items.

  3. paintthinnr April 18, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Yay! Congratulations! That’s gorgeous and very ambitious for a first sweater. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 8 and I love it but just got into sewing and now I find I have less patience for my knitty ways. But anyhow, I added you on Ravelry. (paintthinnr). Well done!

  4. Lynne April 18, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    It looks fantastic!! Good luck with the next knitting project! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Anthea April 18, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Well done! If you can manage this, cables shouldn’t be too difficult to knit for you.

  6. misscrayolacreepy April 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    It looks perfect!!!!

  7. Helen's Sewing Adventures April 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Wow Lauren, that looks really great! Love the colour too – which shade did you use? Can’t wait to get started on mine now.

    • LLADYBIRD April 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Ooh, I don’t recall the dye #… I’ll have to check & see if I have any of those labels floating around my house. I just went to the yarn store & picked the color I liked best haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. oonaballoona April 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    wa-HOW. fantastic, you should be disgustingly proud! and i love the way it looks unbuttoned too, you can’t see the “flaws” at all, and it hangs so nicely.

    (plus, what flaws, and that necklace is the bomb)

    but 3 months is what would kill me. i’m far too bratty to wait 3 months.

    • LLADYBIRD April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Haha, yeah, normally I wouldn’t want to spend so much time making ONE thing, but the yarn for this sweater was over $40! I can’t afford that for a monthly yarn budget right now, so I don’t mind if it takes me a while to finish it ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Chrys April 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    It looks great and is such a good color for you. I am so jealous of your productivity. : )

  10. Michelle April 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Congratulations! You did amazing work here! My first sweater didn’t look nearly as good as your does. You’re a natural!

  11. Shannon April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Wow that is flipping awesome!!! Did you teach yourself to knit or have you taken a class? I would so buy that if I seen it in a store! Yay you!!!

    • LLADYBIRD April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      I had a friend teach me – we meet up every week for knitting & coffee! It’s the best ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. nettie April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    This is really amazing!! You should have seen what my first sweater looked like! Lol. An entire lace sweater with all of that ribbing is a massive first project to take on. You kicked ass on it!! You should feel so proud!

  13. Kerry April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Woo, well done Lauren! It looks fab, you did a great job. Love the pattern and the colour.

  14. Katy April 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Wonderful cardigan and great colour. You’ve done a great job!

  15. Anonymous April 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Love love love! All that lace work looks fantastic.

  16. Sassy T April 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    The Biz . . .

  17. grenouille78 April 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Knocked it outta the park!
    Where do you get petersham ribbon? I’m not sure my store carries it…

    • LLADYBIRD April 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      I sourced mine locally (I’m lucky to have a pretty nice fabric and haberdashery store in my town!), but Sunni has a few colors/widths in her store if you need to order online!

  18. Handmade Jane April 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I know buggar all about knitting but I can recognise an absolutely gorgeous cardigan when I see one! It’s stupendous, you should go out and celebrate, really, you should! Well done. X

  19. Rochelle New April 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Dude!!! SO. GOOD. It’s amazing. Well done, lady. Well done.

  20. Marie April 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Wow, wow, wow!!! How frigging awesome is this…your first ever jumper (sorry sweater)!!!! You constantly inspire me with your knitting progress Lauren. Well done indeed, i can’t tell you how incredible this looks on you!

  21. katlane12 April 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    OMG I can’t believe this is your first sweater. It is freaking amazing!!! You are a knitting superstar. Love the colour and the pattern. I might have to add this one to my ravelry list. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Clare S April 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Aww, it looks so gooooood! Really cute on you! Love it!!

    Great work – I definitely don’t blame you for being so proud. You’ve totally inspired me to start my first sweater – eek!!!!

  23. little betty April 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    your cardigan is positively fabulous – you should be proud!

  24. Susan Davis April 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Really nice work on your first sweater. Thanks for linking your knitting partner in crime. Her Agatha is equally fabulous!

  25. Mika April 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    It looks amazing!!

  26. Jo April 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I’ve been following your Agatha with envy, haha. I am a beginner knitter and it looks fantastic!!! Actually I have been thinking if YOU can do it, I can too! So I took the plunge and started my first cardigan, coincidentally, the Miette!!! Check out my blog actually, we have started a knit-along on the Miette. I am learning a lot, but it’s still a bit freaky ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha. Hope my Miette looks as good as your Agatha ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD April 19, 2012 at 8:36 am #

      Aw, your comment doesn’t have a blog link ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Send me a link; I’d love to check out your knit-along (and eventually join in, when I can get the money for yarn!). I’m glad I could inspire you to knit your own sweater! I don’t think they’re too difficult for beginners – just lots and lots of dedicated work haha ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jo April 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

        Maybe this time it will work? All these different comment log-ins are so sneaky! And yes, TOTALLY join in, it would rule ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. StephC April 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    It looks great! Really, really good job, I can hardly believe this is your first sweater. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. The Modern Home Economist April 19, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    Looks fantastic. Such a good fit and the colour really suits you!

  29. Fiona April 19, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    That’s amazing! I’ve never knitted so can’t even imagine how complicated it is to make something that fits like that! It’s so impressive!

  30. Rachel April 19, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    That is fanny-t! You totally deserve to be pleased as punch – it is a great effort!

  31. amycaking April 19, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Love it! This is near the top of my Ravelry queue, and going shopping for the yarn next week. I’ve just finished Miette in a similar colour. It’s really simple and so flattering. Andi is an actual genius!

  32. April 19, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    AAAHH!!! It turned out so incredible!! You must be so proud! That looked like SO much work but its so worth it!! You knitted a SWEATER!!!?!? wtf!!?!?! You’re amazing…

  33. amycaking April 19, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Grrr, stupid WordPress logged me in to their account and I don’t use that blog anymore. My blog address is

    Still loving your sweater ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Jen April 19, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    You are so stinkin’ CUTE! I can’t believe this is your first sweater; it’s perfect. The fit is perfect, too, which makes me want to take up knitting. You are so inspiring!

  35. stephanie u. April 19, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Congrats! It’s a beautiful sweater. I love the pattern and color.

  36. PendleStitches April 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Many seasoned knitters would be envious of your finished cardigan. You’ve done an amazing job. You look so happy in it and I can understand why. Great job!

  37. scruffybadger April 20, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Wowee! What can’t you turn your hand to you clever ladeee. It’s awesome, and looks perfect in every way. So impressed!!!

  38. MariaDenmark April 20, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Congratulations! It *is* a big seal when one finishes her first sweater. A huge accomplicement!

  39. gingermakes April 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Holy cow! This looks great!! Fabulous job– it’s so flattering and cute!

  40. irononmaiden April 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Gorgeous! I think you’ll find the Miette really really easy–maybe even too uneventful. I’m knitting it now as my second project ever, and the body has been super simple. Almost all stockinette. Thanks for explaining how you added petersham. I’m going to do that too and wasn’t sure how.

    • LLADYBIRD April 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      I’m looking forward to some boring knitting – then maybe I can carry on a conversation while I do it ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha!
      For the petersham, make sure you get some fray-check while you’re at it! The rayon unravels like craaaazy. I didn’t have any, so it is possible to turn the button hole edges under & sew them down, but it is very very fiddly. Just a tip ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Anonymous April 21, 2012 at 1:15 am #

        Good call, I’ll def use fray check. And I can certify that the Miette is perfect TV knitting! And car knitting, and subway knitting, and social knitting, and I’ve been doing a lot of knitting! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers.

  41. MarrieB April 21, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Beautiful! It fits you perfectly, great job!

  42. Zoe April 21, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Too awesome for words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m all over this xx

  43. christel April 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Congratulations ! It’s beautiful !!!

  44. Claire (aka Seemane) April 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Lovely cardigan hun ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. rehanon April 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    lordy! Too gorgeous for words and the colour is perfect for you. The best thing is years from now you will still have the satisfaction of saying I made this baby boom! You’ve definitely inspired me to put my crochet hook down and get cracking with a pair of needles. It’s one of my things to achieve this year and if it leads to garments as gorgeous as this then I’d be foolish not too xxx

  46. Maddie Flanigan April 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I know so much about sewing yet nothing about knitting. The cardigan looks amazing and your plunge into knitting is inspiring me to do so ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. lillywarner April 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    This sweater is amazing, adorable and inspiring. I love that you are wearing it with your Pastille dress that I liked so much! They look perfect together!

  48. zilredloh April 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Wooooot! It looks great! What an awesome cardigan! You should be VERY proud. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Anonymous May 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Precioso, y bien combinado

  50. Max January 20, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    This is SO cute! Kudos to you! I have no patience for knitting ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I SOMETIMES pretend I can crochet because it is faster but knitting, booooo. I think I have half-knitted about 12 scarves in my life.

    This is awesome. you are awesome!

  51. Jonathan Caswell June 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GREAT JOB!!!


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