Made With Love: A Hand-knit Sweater

 My mother asked me to pick out a sweater I liked on-line that she could make for me.  I went to Pinterest and found one that even had a free pattern.  We both loved the color and the style and she set to work.... 3 years later and with much frustration it is finally finished.  



So many times I wanted to tell her to just quit.  She began and pulled apart and remade so many pieces... the first time the sweater just didn't fit and we thought it was going to be much too small (and boy would it have ever if I hadn't lost that 50 lbs!).  It is a bit big on me but that leaves room for a nice turtleneck when the cold weather comes.


There were problems with reading the instructions and understanding the collar. I think it took her a good 5 tries and even then we pretty much made it work on our own only using the pattern as a guideline. 

We changed up the floral pattern on the back a bit and added some extra details to make it unique-- check out these buttons! 




But in the end I have a brand new sweater that I just LOVE. It's soft, and warm, and was made specially for me by my mom with lots of love.  I sure am glad she refused to give up on it!

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Comments

  1. Wow- incredible detail- so pretty!

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  2. Wow!!! That is a beautiful sweater!! I just bought some yarn, as I am hoping to crochet myself a duster cardigan. I think it would take me 10 years to knit something like your sweater. :)

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    1. I honestly can not figure out how to knit anything at all. I am so thankful my mom makes us all different things fairly often.

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  3. Oh my word... this is AMAZING!!!! She did such a gorgeous job! The flowers on the back are such a beautiful detail!

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    1. That's what drew me in with this sweater too; I just loved the details.

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  4. Really pretty!! About 35 years ago, I was on a crocheting kick where i made sweaters, vests and all kinds of things and then I got busy with other things and haven't picked up a crocheting hook since...
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
    Take care!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. I find my hobbies come and go like that too.

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  5. Wow! I never would have guessed that was hand knit. What kind of yarn did she use?

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    1. Um... blue?! LOL. I'll ask her next time I see her and let you know.

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  6. Oh my WORD, the details on the back are amazing. I cannot believe your mom made that! I can't even imagine being able to make something that intricate!

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    1. She is quite talented between knitting and sewing there isn't much clothing she can't make.

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  7. So nice!! It is made with love for sure :)

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  8. Wow! You have a talented mom who made a gorgeous sweater for you! You look great in it and I know you will get a lot of use out of it. Enjoy.

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    1. Thank you! I've already worn it a few times.

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  9. Oh my goodness, 3 years to make a sweater! Wow! Such diligence. You will never part with that sweater now I'm sure. It's absolutely gorgeous. The design on the back is incredible. And I love the color. I'm so impressed!

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    1. I got to see it come together in stages and I was still stunned to see it all finished! She really did an incredible job.

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  10. What a work of love: the flower design is so beautiful!!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. We had a lot of fun playing around with that design.

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  11. The flower details are just absolutely incredible. Talk about persistence! I'm in love with the sweater...the color is beautiful too.

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  12. Oh boy, what a work! But the pattern and the color are gorgeous!

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  13. Such a beautiful sweater! Love the color and the flower details on it. You look pretty in it.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  14. It is gorgeous. I love the flower detail and the collar adds interest. Your mother has done an amazing job and it suits you down to the ground! #mmbc

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  15. What a precious sweater. Like a piece of art. Can't even imagine how she knit the beautiful flowers on the back. What a lovely color on you, too!! Certainly a labor of love.

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    1. The flowers are knit separately as leaves, stems, petals, etc. and then we pinned them in place and she then (somehow) knit/stitched them in place.

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  16. What a gorgeous sweater -- I love the colour and the back. And what a labour of love indeed.

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  17. Joanne, I loved this sweater the first time I saw it but you didn't show the back of it! How gorgeous is that floral design. Your mother is very talented even if it did take three years to finish! And the color is stunning on you. Thanks for sharing and linking up.

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  18. What a beautiful sweater, Joanne - and what a labour of love! The pattern on the back is exquisite. Well done on losing 50 lbs too. You look wonderful! Take care and stay well, and thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community.

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