The Adventure Sweater is done!!!!! Thank Heavens because the birthday party is at 10am tomorrow!
It came out fantastic. I’m sorry I can’t show you here, I still haven’t bought more WordPress upload space. But there are tons of pictures up on Flickr and a few on Ravelry as well.
The main thing about this sweater was integration. The pockets, zipper band and facings, hood, drawstring casing… all integrated into the design. Along with knitting seamlessly a la Elizabeth Zimmermann, the integrations really minimized the finishing required. Yes, there was some sewing involved, but it was much less than I expected.
Yarn- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in Cranberry and Oxford Grey 2 skeins each color
Needles- US sz. 6 / 4mm dpns, 16″ and 24″ circulars
Gauge- I never checked but I assumed 5 sts/in
Size- 30″ chest if my gauge assumption was accurate, to fit a 5 year-old
Started- July 2nd finished July 13th
Recipient- Andree We met him and his family through Nikolai’s preschool. He was adopted from the Ukraine in February and has become one of Nikolai’s favorite playmates.
So why do I call this the Adventure Sweater? I wanted it to be a perfect utilitarian kid’s garment. Shortened sleeves so they don’t get dirty as easily. Pockets for storing treasures. Zipper for ease of dressing. Hood with drawstring for windy days. Loose fit for cozyness and growing room. Name tag that doubles as a loop for hanging, because what little kid doesn’t like seeing their own name?
The sweater ended up being all of these things, but it was also an Adventure for me to make. I’d never tried pockets before. Never tried a zipper before. Never tried a hood before. And steeks are always an adventure!