Linden Sweatshirt

I never thought I was a sweater fan – I never thought they suited me.  Then I made the Toaster Sweater  back in January and it’s turned out to be one of my most worn handmade garments.  I love it.  I think it’s the cropped style.  The classic sweater shape doesn’t suit me very well – I’m quite wide at the hip, so a band that sits on one of the widest parts of my body isn’t very flattering, especially with me being a bit busty too.  When I made the Toaster Sweater, I discovered that a cropped jumper without a ribbing band shows off my shape a bit more and doesn’t make me look quite as round.  With all this in mind, I decided it was time to see whether the Linden Sweatshirt lived up to all the hype.

The verdict?  I love it!  I have worn it an awful lot since making it.  It’s so cosy and comfortable.  I have lots of fabrics in my stash that are suitable for Lindens, so I may end up with a few more.

The fabric
I actually used the leftovers from my Toaster Sweater.  I had about a metre left, but I managed to squeeze it out 🙂  I’m getting quite good at using every last morsel of fabric.

The pattern
The Linden from Grainline Studio, of course.  I picked it up from Guthrie and Ghani at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Edinburgh, along with some fabric to make it with.  That fabric was far too nice to use without making a toile, hence the stash-busting.  This is the quickest and easiest thing I’ve ever made.  It took around 90 minutes, but that was with me attempting to figure out how to sew on my overlocker.  That’s right, I did it all on my overlocker.  Go me!  I didn’t enjoy it very much and I don’t think the finish is as nice, so I am swiftly going back to using my overlocker solely for finishing seams.  But I still managed it and I’m quite proud of myself 😀  The only thing I did on my sewing machine was twin needle the hem.  I’m going to try another very soon and see if I can get it down to under an hour…

The cost
I already had the fabric and thread, so no cost there.  The pattern was £14.90.

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