I'm relatively new to using wool, and new to knitting (I just started in February). However, I love using wool so much that I decided to attempt to knit my own soaker. I searched the internet for patterns, and came across a couple of free soaker patterns that I decided to try (I'm currently working on another pattern). The first pattern I decided to try is a by a Finnish woman and can be found on the Ottobre Design website. This particular soaker is knitted with straight needles, and is then stitched together at the very end.
Without photos of the finished product, I really was on my own. I won't tell you how many times I had to restart this project due to mistakes at the very beginning (remember, I'm a beginner). Before this project, I had only worked with a knit stitch, so I had to learn purling to do the waistband ribbing. Counting stitches proved to be my biggest hurdle:
I finally did complete the soaker, and have an amazing sense of satisfaction in having completed this! I love it, imperfections and all.
I really want him to wear wool this summer, so I've started a new pattern using circular needles - wish me luck!