OAL: Chuck

Alrighty!  Here we have my knitted piece for the Outfit Along.

The idea of the Outfit Along is that you sew and knit two pieces that go together.  I’m using the official sewalong pattern for the dress (Simplicity 1803) and was planing to make the knit pattern, the Myrna cardigan.

But… it’s winter here.  So after buying the pattern, I decided that maybe I should knit something more weather appropriate.  I’m cold most of the time at this time of year, because I have so few clothes suitable for winter, so it seemed a bit silly to knit a light cotton cardigan.

I’ve been eyeing off the Chuck Sweater, also from Andi Satterlund, for a couple of years now, so that became the knit to go with my pretty dress.chuck-frontI had a whole bunch of red wool yarn stashed from my first attempt at knitting an actual item of clothing a few years ago.  I changed my mind about the whole garment, so it’s just been sitting in my wardrobe for ages.  Time to finally use some of that stash!

I knit the size M with 8ply yarn and 5mm needles.

It turns out I'm pretty terrible at sitting on fences.

It turns out I’m pretty terrible at sitting on fences.

This knit up insanely fast.

Two main reasons for this:

1.  I’d put aside my Peacock eyes cardigan in 4ply yarn and 3.5mm needles in order to knit Chuck by the OAL due date.  Tiny yarn, tiny stitches – it’s  a project that is taking forever.  By comparison, I flew through Chuck.

2.  My family had just gotten the final season of How I Met Your Mother and binge watched it over 2 1/2 days.  And I knit the whole time.  Lots was done in those few days!

Confession: I made two mistakes in the front panel, resulting in some columns being too wide.  You can’t tell.  Or maybe you can now I’ve mentioned it.  Eh.  Whatever.back-chuck

I also wanted it a few inches longer, but because I prefer that length over full skirted dresses.  I measured it against other knits and it still turned out shorter than I’d hoped.  Live and learn!

Stay tuned for the rest of the outfit – spoiler: it contains a ludicrous novelty print.  Hurrah!

Ooh! Shortlisted!

I was so excited to see my Med Ball Anna was shortlisted for the Dressed to the Nines category in for Sewing Indie Month!


Feel free to vote for me – scroll right down to the bottom of the post and then I’m the one called “Dressed to the Nines Anna“.  I’m kind of kicking myself now for choosing such a stupidly generic title when I submitted my link.  But hey, live and learn.

I love sewing fancy dresses – I’m completely inspired at the moment by Poppy Kettle’s wedding dress posts – is it weird to want to sew a full-on couture ball gown without any of the necessary skills or the event to wear it to?  Yes, probably.  Sigh.


Little known secret:  my zipper broke while I was taking this off my dress form after taking some pictures, but before I took pictures of me in the dress.  Boo for cheap, nasty zippers.  I put it on, threw my shoulders back to try and keep the dress from falling off and took the pictures anyway.  Hands on hips worked too.  😛

Sadly, I’m in full-on pre-exam study mode right now, so there’s not much sewing going on around these parts.  But I have plenty of plans for these holidays!