My first Linden Sweatshirt

11005illustrationSpring is a funny time. I feel all whimsical and drawn to weather inappropriate fabrics and designs, while bored of the more sedate colors of my wardrobe. But I think I’ve found the solution: Linden Sweatshirt in a springy, slightly flecked, green. I got this fabric at the Knitting and Stitching show and it’s gorgeous.

I’d initially planned to use a very different crazy printed fabric I already had on hand. But as this is my first go around I thought the green would be more forgiving if I needed to make radical alterations.

I set out to make view A(long sleeves) with self ribbing. Looking at the measurements I opted for size 4 which  is accurate for bust measurement but slightly smaller than my waist measurement. Reading through people’s blogs, it seemed that the sweatshirt can be a bit boxy, so to avoid that I went for one size smaller on the waist than the measurements indicated.

I used a jersey needle (80/120) and used the stretch stitch on my machine – its a new one for me, but I’m quite pleased with how it turned out (it looks like a drunk zig-zag). And I used a twin needle to top stitching around the neck, wristbands and waist.

It came together really quickly, I’ve made no alterations and I’m in love! I love the fit, the long sleeves, the waistband, the shape and this fabric is a dream. Bring on a blustery spring, I’m ready.

In fact this was so quick, I think I’ll get started on the next one straight away!





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