A New Twig on the Family Tree
I just finished this sweater for a new great-nephew. I hope to someday get a picture of this sweet new baby in his sweater, but it looks like it'll be a bit before it fits. He's an Arizona boy, so it will be worn rather sparingly in the evenings in the winter, I suspect.
- Leaves, or Not by Karen Borrel - a Ravelry download in French or English.
- Yarn: Simpliworsted by HiKoo - 2 skeins color 062 Caramel Macchioto and 1 skein Simply Sage. 55% Merino superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon, 140 yards in 100 g.
- Needle: US 6
- Button - a wonderful wood one left over from a Philosopher's Wool kit for a cardigan that was made into a pullover.
- modifications and notes: This yarn was heavy for the pattern - I liked the fabric I got with a #6 needle (I knit loosely, so don't judge your gauge by mine) and cast on for a size 6/12 months (22 inch chest finished sweater). My sweater turned out to be 24 inches around - a rather generous 12-18 month size, I suspect. Also, the pickup for the collar says to do 2 stitches for every 3 rows in the stockinette section - which works fine on the "straight" fronts. When I got to the v-neck, it looked better to pick up every row.
This picture shows how it looked just before I unravelled the last row, having picked up in a 2/3 ratio. It doesn't lie as smoothly as I wanted. So I tried again.
This was my first top down raglan sweater - it was easy, but would have been easy the other way round too, I think. The shawl collar is nicely designed - the pattern doesn't suggest any wrapping for the short rows, but I used these instructions for Japanese short rows. I'm not sure it makes a big difference one way or another. a difference, yes, but not a big one.
This may be a new favorite baby sweater. I could imagine adding little embroidered flowers for a girl. What's your go-to baby sweater?