It is done. THE SWEATER is done. wow. yay.
First things first. Today we had to take on the final step. This part had me more intimidated than any part of the project. The installation of the zipper. Luckily, I had my helper by my side.
He helped me with the stitch markers.
He handed me pins.
He took pictures for me.
He provided me with great moral support.
I ended up using a little bit of this and that from several of the zipper tutorials. I will have forgotten how I did this by tomorrow, so for future reference, I am going to give a brief overview of the steps I took.
I used stitch markers to close the front up evenly. Then I basted the front closed. I then grabbed the zipped up zipper. I turned the sweater inside out and I pinned the zipper (closed) to the wrong side front. The basting from the front held everything together well, and I centered the middle of the zipper on the middle of the wrong side front. Next I whipstitched up both sides of the zipper. (right side of zipper was facing the wrong side of the sweater.) Then I removed the pins. I turned the sweater right side out, and I removed the basting.
At this point some tutorials suggested turning the sweater inside out again and sewing the zipper down with a backstitch. The purl bee had a tutorial though that suggested backstitching it up the right side which is what I did. This way I could really concentrate on getting as close to the zipper edge as possible, but I could test my zipper along the way to make sure that it was zipping easily.
I have to say I am a little proud of myself.
I was hoping for a frigid photo shoot in the snow, but David wasn’t home until after dark so we had to settle for inside photos. It’s so cold out; this was probaby for the best.
It fits him well, and he likes it.
Davey got in the photos too, of course!
And here it is from behind.
I am feeling pretty thrilled.
Pretty thrilled? You are the Queen of the World! I am so impressed by this and how you built it from the ground up. It looks fabulous. I hope David wears it all the time so people can admire it & he can respond that yes, his wife IS a knitting genius. Congratulations!
Wow! That is gorgeous! And what a great helper you had!
Yay! It looks fantastic. Congratulations! I agree with Marushka–David should just wear a little sign that says MY WIFE IS A KNITTING GENIUS. He should also wear a DAVEY HELPED sign too. Yay!
It looks fantastic. 😀 Tackling the first ever zip is nerve-racking, but now you’ll be completely blasé about them. 😉
All I can say is “WOW.” This is beautiful and you did a fabulous job.
Awesome… Doesn’t seem as though it has taken you that long either. Bet it is perfect for Colorado though Arkansas is getting their share of cold and snow.
Wowza! Amazing job–you should be so darn proud of yourself! I’m jealous and again, it would be so much easier if you lived closer so you could help me with my knitting!
Your helper did a great job helping you with the zipper. Your sweater is beautiful! I love the colors.
OH, it is so wonderful! Rowan is good at pin cushion control too.
What an amazing job! I’m never put a zipper in before so when I need help, I’ll be talking to you.