Almost 9 months after casting on I finally have a complete Flax Light!
It’s kind of hard to tell with my rubbish camera, but this thing is gorgeous! And, more importantly, IT FITS!
Maybe one day soon I’ll make a friend so I can get a full-length photo of me wearing it…
The pattern is Flax Light, which is a free pattern by Tin Can Knits. I made the Large size, which used up less than 2 skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite yarn. I chose the Emerald colourway because…well, look at it!
This is my first ever knitted garment for myself so I’m pleased (and more than a little surprised) that it actually fits me really well. I learned so many new skills making this; how to put the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, the backwards loop cast on, how to pick up stitches, how to sew up the massive underarm holes left after picking up stitches, how to recognise whether the previous round was knit or purled, how to undo a cast off, and finally how to cast off loosely.
Undoing the cast off isn’t part of the pattern, I just discovered that my usual cast off is no match for my hips and had to redo it. You live and learn.
I would definitely recommend this as a first jumper for anyone (although maybe go for regular Flax rather than Light if you want it to go a bit faster) – I am not a confident knitter but I managed this with very few problems, it’s easy, it’s comfy, and it looks really good.
I can see this becoming my favourite jumper, and I’m already itching to cast on another one!