A couple of Knit Picks catalogs ago, Zooey saw the Lewisburg Pullover as she was looking through the catalog, and she said she had to have it. I was excited to have a project that she was enthusiastic about from the start. For all of those folks that say they never use algebra past middle school, this is a perfect example. Being able to alter the adult sweater to her size was pretty easy with just a couple of hiccups. I’d also forgotten how much I love knitting Fair Isle patterns!
This pattern does have some longer floats. When floats go beyond 4-5 stitches in Fair Isle, I like to weave them as I knit. For tips on this, please check out this tutorial.
I’m not going to give any of pattern specifics since this is not a free pattern, but I can give you rough guidelines if you want to replicate this. For specifics on the yarns, check out my Ravelry project page. I knew about 24″ would be a good chest size for Zooey, so I divided 24 by 32 and for those of you not pulling out your calculators, that’s 75%. I used this percentage as a rough guideline for all areas of the pattern, multiplying the numbers called for in the pattern by .75. However, I forgot to account for the head size, so I ended up ripping and redoing the neckline to be a bit wider, then I altered the increases from the neckline to the first chart so that I would come out with 75% as planned. Sometimes I forget that kiddo heads are still large in proportion to their bodies!
Aside from multiplying all of the main pattern numbers by .75 I had to make sure that those altered numbers still worked for the charts. Most of the charts were written with different multiples of 3, 4, or 5, so I had to make sure that my numbers could be divided by those to knit the charts. I was able to follow the instructions for most of the increases as written, but a couple of times I had to do one more or one less repeat to hit the correct multiple. If you decide to do this in a pattern, I think it’s helpful to figure this out ahead of time and make notes for yourself along the pattern. I did that for this pattern and it worked out pretty well.
I think I could have made all of this a bit bigger. It fits her perfectly now, but may not next year, and I try to aim for sweaters to be worn for a couple of years. Looking back, I would have allowed for more ease in the sleeves. Though they fit her, some of the length was eaten up by the zero ease of the sleeves. I asked her if she wanted them to be longer, but she wanted me to leave them as is and said they’re “perfect so I don’t have to push up my sleeves.” I also omitted the final chart of the pattern since I thought it would make the yoke too deep, but in hindsight I think that one would have been fine to leave in.
This pattern was well written and so fun to knit. I might have to make an adult version for myself, or just take a deep dive into some other Fair Isle projects this winter!