It’s been an excellent Sunday so far. We had a lovely brunch with some great friends, and I have some decent progress to share on a Gathering Stripes pullover for Zooey. I’m making the 2T size on a size 3 needle. It’s one size smaller than the pattern calls for and my gauge is slightly looser than the specified gauge still, so this will be a little oversize. I have no problem with that. This is a simple and elegant pattern. I can see myself making many more of these, because the stripes are a good way to use up partial balls of sock yarn. I only had 100 yards of the bright yellow (see Ravelry page for exact yarn details), which is 40 yards less than the pattern requires. I decided to weigh how much yarn each row took, and after doing a little quick math I think I will be fine. I used this combination on a BlueSands cardigan last year, so if I run out of the yellow I’ll put a couple of turquoise stripes into the arm instead. According to the pattern my 514 remaining yards of the blue would be cutting it close as well, but I still have quite a large ball left and I’m not concerned about it at all. If the yardage on the main color works out to be closer to 400 or 425 I will definitely be knitting her another one of these out of my stash very soon. This sweater would look great in larger color blocks as well to make up for smaller amounts of varying colors. It goes sooooo quickly since it’s just a bunch of stockinette in the round.
I think this is one she’s actually excited about as I knit it. I showed her a picture of sweater on the pattern and showed her the one I was working on. She said, “my sweater,” so I’m taking that as a good sign. The yarn is also exquisitely soft, so she can wear this with or without an under layer. I’d also love to make myself an adult version of this…
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Ok, ok. I’m trying to be cool about this. I finished this Like Sleeves tunic several weeks ago and so far the few attempts to put it on Z for a picture have been met with staunch refusal. I still have hope. We haven’t had many cold days, so I have only tried a few times, and I don’t want to push her. Maybe I should start doing intarsia monkeys or elephants or bunnies on all her knitted clothes… She loves those animals.
The pattern is called Like Sleeves and I used Cascade 220 Superwash in Summer Sky. I made the 3-4 T size so she could wear it for a few years. That gives me plenty of time to convince her of its warm worthiness. I added a couple of inches length like I always do with her tops.
She’s still not wearing this little cardigan, which kind of breaks my heart because fits perfectly (in the 30 second try-ons I’ve been successful with) and there have been several great occasions for her to wear it. As soon as we get it on her she rips it right off. On the other hand, she loooooves this sweater and never fusses about this one either, so I’m hoping she can be coaxed into Like Sleeves one of these days. It seems she prefers pullovers to cardigans. If it can be unbuttoned, it can be ripped off. She’s also going through a phase where she hates to get dressed and undressed, so I’ll try my best to be patient until that passes. Sigh.
This is my progress on Zooey’s Like Sleeves so far. I finished the back and the work on the front is only a few episodes of the Gilmore Girls away. I’ve been binge watching Gilmore Girls occasionally. I love that series so much. Oh, the knitting. The pattern is called Like Sleeves for Kids and the yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in Summer Sky. Z and I won’t be wearing the same design, but we will have sweaters of the same color for this season. I added about an inch and a half length and I’m making the size 3/4. It will be big on her this year, but will possibly fit for two more.
I love the garter stitch shaping at the top. As much as I’d like to churn out the rest of this immediately, I have a little secret project to finish up first. I’ll be back with details of it soon!
My SSKAL 2014 Coda is on the blocking board and almost ready for some final finished pics, but in the meantime, I decided to cast on something for Z. I happened to have a few skeins of Cascade 220 superwash in the same color as my Coda so I decided I should make her a little fall garment. It’s called Like Sleeves for kids and I think it will be a lovely garment for transitioning as a fall, winter, and maybe even spring layer. I’m making the size 3-4, which might be a little big, but I have enough yarn for that size and it can work as an oversized tunic/dress for awhile. That’s my favorite part about knitted tunics and dresses.
I love this color, Summer Sky, and am thrilled to launch into another project with it. I hope to get Coda pics up in the next few days and shortly after that reveal the finished secret sweater design I’ve been working on for Matt. I feel a round of finished objects coming on.
Z isn’t two until the 31st, but today I got the feeling that this top must be knit, so I cast it on. I bought this Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK cotton yarn last summer at my LYS last summer deeply discounted, and I meant to do this sooner, but you know…time escapes me! I almost forgot about the yarn completely until I had to rearrange my stash to stuff in some new acquisitions. Then I saw it and I knew it had to be a top right now or it definitely wouldn’t be enough yarn for a larger size. What am I making? A mini Gemini top. I cast on 88 stitches and worked back and forth. I knew I would have to leave some kind of slit in the back that could be buttoned to make sure her noggin could fit through the space. I used a size 4 needle and worked the lace pattern for 10 rows only. After that I increased on all sections on the RS and only the body sections on the WS till I had 38 sts on each sleeve section. Then I stopped increasing on the sleeve and increased on the body sections, from that point on the RS only. I have 50 sts for the front and 50 for the back and 38 for each sleeve. That puts the chest size around 22″. I knit until the armhole depth was about 3.75″. So far this has been a super quick project. I will likely mirror the one I made and leave the sleeves with a bare stockinette edge. This is one of my favorite tops to wear, so I’m very excited for Z to have one too!