Can you see the part where I used the three-needle bind off? It's the part where the front and the back come together...it looks sewed, but it's not!
A weird part of the cheap yarn that - thankfully! - was on the inside.
I did it! I knit my first garment! Oh my, I am so ecstatic.
It was difficult. Looking at it completed, with all these new skills learned, it's a bit difficult to remember what parts I found so challenging, but it really was at some times. The three-needle bind off to attach the two sides was definitely a part I thought would be confusing but was actually really simple. Picking up stitches, however, sucks. I definitely got better by the last time I had to do it, but I still don't like it.
If/when I knit it again...
1: I will not use two pieces of yarn held together. I think that made it a tad wide. I probably could have used just one strand and simply gone down in needle size to get it to work better. Perhaps I should start making gauges...
2: I will count how many rows I do on the armholes. For example, the left armhole was three rounds and then the bind-off, but the right armhole was four rounds and then the bind-off round. I definitely could have pulled out the right armhole, but the thought of knitting it again made me want to cry, so I didn't.
This was my second project from Margaret Radcliffe's Circular Knitting Workshop. The instructions were so clear, which makes me even more happy that I made this purchase. I'm definitely excited to work my way through all of these projects, even if it takes me a year. I'm determined to not buy another knitting book (unless I find a cheap one at Half Price Books or something, of course...) until I've completed each of these projects.
(p.s. this is part of my 14 goals for 2014. You can view all my goals here.)