We had a great first meeting of the First Sweater KAL. We are knitting Sabine by Julie Weissberger at Cocoknits. This is a light-weight, top-down raglan sweater with very little finishing--so boho chic. The pattern gives you a lot of freedom in choosing yarn, so swatching is critical. We grumbled a bit, but we all swatches and adjusted needle sizes to get the prescribed 4.5 st/in gauge. We were using Halo, Rowan Pure Wool dk, and Euroflax sport and ended up using needle sizes between 5.0mm and 6.0mm. Everyone added stitch markers while casting on. This make it easy to see where to make yarn-over increases in the upper part of the sweater. The easiest way to make a mistake is to forget one of the yarn-over eyelets, so watch you work as you go. It is easy to add a missed yarn-over if it isn't more than a couple of rows down in your knitting. The first 2 rows repeat until it is time to put the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn. Once you do that, you can see the sweater shape start to form. This top-down, raglan construction is really very similar to making a gusset thumb in a mitten.
I've finished 15 or 16 repeats of Rows 1 & 2 on mine (I'm knitting Euroflax). I'll post a picture soon. Comment below to ask a question or share your progress. Knitting along at home? We'd love to hear from you, too!
(Photo credit Cocoknits)