I have a vision of all of our kids wearing hand-made sweaters every winter. I know that depending on the number of kids we have, and their genders/ages every winter, I may be too optimistic here… but isn’t that a sweet thought? Hand-made sweaters every year. Ah.
To start off the tradition, I knit Sprout a sweater that fit her over this past winter. And this is the sweater I chose for next winter.
Started — January 28
Completed — May 13
And only a month later, I finally got it washed, blocked, and photographed… 🙂
Charlie by Pamela Wynne
One crafting goal for this year was to try knitted colorwork. When I browsed patterns for Sprout’s next sweater, I fell in love with the simple, but dramatic and cheerful colored yoke of this sweater.
I found this pattern very well-written, and the sweater was not difficult to knit. I’m very satisfied with how the yoke turned out.
It it very large on her now, but she’s got another 6 months to grow into it. If it is still large/long come winter, the sleeves are easy enough to turn up.
I do wish I could have achieved tighter ribbing. I did drop one needle size, but I think 2 or even 3 would have made a nicer rib. My 1×1 ribbing always turns out loose — someday I’ll remember that before I finish a project. 🙂
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky
“Crush” (pink): 0.36 skeins = 49.3 yards used
“Yonder” (blue): 0.27 skeins = 37.0 yards used
“Silver” (gray): 1.66 skeins = 227.4 yards used
The bulky weight of this yarn made the sweater a quick knit that should be very warm over a short-sleeved shirt or tank top in the winter.
I was able to save a little money by going with a non-superwash wool. That does mean I’ll be hand-washing this sweater, but the cost savings is worth it to me (ask me next spring if I feel the same).
I adore the availability of fun colors in this yarn. I enlisted Nate’s help in choosing the perfect duo of brights to offset the silver. I love the pop of pink at the hemline. So fun for a spunky toddler!
I enjoyed working with this yarn. In the first wash/rinse, the gray bled a bit. I was surprised, as I expected the pink would be the bleeder. Ah well, the excess dye will come out over the next few washings, and I am not worried about it — it didn’t saturate/discolor the blue or pink at all.