One of the biggest things I struggled with was deciding how I wanted the neckline to look. Now I wonder why I didn't ask my knitting friends for advice earlier, they all gave me the confidence to keep going with it. Once I finished the neckline I realized the sleeves were too tiny, but I've been in good company with Audry, somehow it always makes it easier when you know a friend is going through the same mess.
It isn't the most perfect sweater I've ever made, but it is definitely special because I knit it without a pattern (I still cannot believe I get to type this). This was a huge step for me personally, but I'm not sure if I'll do it again any time soon, I think I prefer following a pattern. I also wish that I had more of the brown yarn because I would have liked to do more colorwork.
This sweater was knitted in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, one of my all time favorite yarns. I had been coveting the green colorway for a while and I love it even more knit up. I also find it hilarious that I finished this alpaca/wool blend knit just in time for spring! But it snowed here in North Carolina yesterday, so perhaps I'm not too late after all.
Gleefully I get to cross off one of my goals for 2013:
Finish Self-Designed Sweater!
Now on to another item on the list...