A while ago, before I even started knitting up the February Baby Sweater for my friend’s baby, I had decided that I wanted one for MYSELF. Something about it just looked so familiar.
I tried Googling to see if anyone had made this in an adult size, but I couldn’t find anything (!), so I posted a question to the Crazy for Knitting group on Flickr and found this. It’s definitely cute, but I just don’t know if it’s ME (it’s very lacey).
Then I realized I was just going to have to knit one myself so I’d have a better idea of how to adapt it for my sizing. I cast on a couple weeks ago, and after a few fits and starts (more about that in a later post), I finally got to a point yesterday where where I could see what it would look like knitted up. And damn! It was cute! So I decided to take some photos. It was cold out, so I rifled through my sweater drawer and actually found the sweater that inspired this whole ordeal in the first place!!!
I was honestly surprised. And delighted when I found this. I truly, honestly thought I had given it away last year, once I realized it no longer fit me (I give away clothes ALL THE TIME these days because of this). But no, I held onto it, stubbornly convinced that I could just knit up another one.
Because isn’t it cute??? (It’s JCrew, in case you’re interested, and I got it at an outlet mall a couple years ago. I have Ebayed for this thing more times than I’d like to admit. But I can’t find it anywhere.)
Once I saw it, I immediately noticed the similarities between the two designs. They have almost the EXACT SAME lace pattern. They’re just reversed. One starts with garter stitch, then goes into the lace. And the other starts with the lace pattern, and then goes into stockinette for the body.
Now that I’ve found this old sweater, and am halfway through the new one, I’m even more determined to knit up a new one. And I’ve actually started a list of other sweaters that I once loved that I now want to knit up anew. Or sweaters I’ve never owned, but have always wanted. And even though I wouldn’t really consider myself a “sweater knitter,” I’m definitely a sweater WEARER, and I’m inspired by this new challenge, to my skill and creativity.