This is my 'real' knitted FO. I've done several scarves, hats and baby booties but I decided to move on up in the difficulity area. This sweater is the Long Shawl-Collar Coat from the Hollywood Knits Style. I substituted the yarn. It calls for 16 balls of Suss Mohair (about $136). I just can't afford that right now! So, I went cheap and used Red Heart Light and Lofty in Colorado Multi. I swatched and got guage using my size 10 needles. The pattern was easy to follow and I was very pleased with the experience overall.
I learned a very important lesson about substituting yarn though. The light and lofty apparently has more give or elasticity to it. I got it knitted and seamed up. When I put it on to test the fit, I found it stretches so much! It's a lot bigger than I expected. When I was knitting my measurements were correct but now that it's done it's so large! I made it for my Mother for Christmas. She's a smaller size than me. I'm the model in the pictures below and you can see how it fits. It should be tight on me. Oh well, she can wear it as a coat instead of as a sweater.
Oh, and two more things I did differently. The pattern length was 17" but since my Mom would probably never wear something that long, I modified it and made it 13" long instead. I also didn't use the goofy pin that the book used, I used buttons. With all the problems it has, I'm still pretty proud of my first "real" knitted garment.
Onward with the pictures.