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My $3000 Hand-Knit Sweater

  • Posted on May 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I knit while watching TV–it’s the only thing that keeps me from falling asleep at the stroke of eight o’clock. I recently took on my most challenging project yet, a cable-knit sweater cardigan for Stella. This was my first time cable knitting and my first time working with buttons. The cables were easy, but the buttons look like a fourth grader sewed them on, because they are not evenly spaced. Oh well.

I expected it to take me about eight months to complete, so I made the 18-24 month size. Only two months later, I’m done! It’s too big for her right now, so I don’t have any pictures of her modeling it, but here is the finished product:

The details up close:

I’m hoping it doesn’t unravel in the washing machine after I wash it the first time, like my first attempt at a sweater.

If anyone wants to commission me for their very own cable-knit sweater, I estimate that the cost is about $3000, plus about $80 for materials. That is based on the estimated number of hours it took me to complete times what I would make if I were at work. Sadly, I don’t think I have a future in selling little purple sweaters.

(For anyone who is interested, the pattern is “Cable and Seed Stitch Jacket” from the Debbie Bliss Baby Knits Book.)