Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Dude Sweater COMPLETE!

I wrote a poem to my hope of completing this in time. That was for Christmas last year.
But, I DID get it done for Christmas THIS year!

Pattern: The Dude Sweater by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool

I was petrified by the prospect of sewing in the zipper on this. As it happens, it was no problem at all. I will repeat that for those of you who may be facing a similar trepidatious endeavour: it was no problem at all.

All I did was hand-baste in the zipper and use a regular sewing machine foot to stitch the zipper in. I perhaps should have used a zipper foot, but I'm already a bit concerned that the knit edges are too close to the zipper teeth, raising the danger of the fabric getting caught while zipping up the sweater. I set the stitch length to be as wide as it would let me. It remains to be seen if this is sturdy enough. If not, I'm at least no longer worried about sewing zippers into knits!

Tonight is New Year's Eve. I hope you all have a fantastic last day of 2014, and I'm looking forward to a great 2015 with you all!


Lynne Phelps said...

Congrats on the accomplishment! Sweater looks GREAT!

Sarah V. said...

WOW, that sweater is amazing!! Congrats on such a great achievement :) Hope it keeps the recipient warm for many years!

Mousewife said...

That looks incredible!!

Sarah Montie said...

My son would love this sweater! He definitely identifies with "The Dude". I hope he doesn't see it because it looks like a bear to make, all of that ribbing. Great accomplishment.

Fran said...

Beautiful! I usually shy away from zippers, too. Looks like you did a great job.

Elena Knits said...

Wow! It's a great sweater. I remember I inserted a zipper for a sweater I made for my boyfriend some time ago. I was also very worried but it gave me no problems either. One thing that can be used before sewing it by machine is wash away quilters tape.