Pattern: Printzess by the Berroco Design Team, found in the Berroco Comfort booklet #269
Yarn: Berroco Comfort, 1 skein each Dutch Teal, Kidz Green, Bitter, Primary Red, Cornflower, and 2 skeins Turquoise.
Needles and Gauge: US sz. 6 / 4mm – yielding 5 stitches per inch.
Recipient: Miss Greta Rose – a classmate of Nikolai’s and a balletmate of Gabriel’s. Big sister of this sweater.
Time Frame: Started April 16, 2008 – Finished April 28, 2008
Now on to the interesting stuff.
Modifications: Do you really need to ask? I made it in the round, and seamless. I steeked the front. Worked a V-neck instead of the U-neck. Got rid of the ruffles on the sleeves and bottom. Knitted the button band instead of crocheting. Added length to the body. Tweaked the shaping a bit so the bottom would bell slightly.
And now after my pig-headed destruction of this design I get to cut myself a large slice of humble pie and say: You folks at Berroco know what you are doing. I should have followed your pattern a little better. Forgive my blatant disregard of your advice and instructions.
For you see, this yarn was is an acrylic/nylon blend. It is multistranded and works up into a soft, smooth supple fabric. It is not wool. It is not meant to be steeked. I reinforced the steek with 2 lines of machine stitching, and 2 lines of crochet, and I’m still worried. Pray it holds.
Lets move on to more positive things.
I love the flowers. Ok, the embroidery skillz need some work, but the flowers are so cute. I was astonished with how the flowers really pulled the sweater together. Before the flowers were on I did not like the sweater at all – then hey presto! It was a magical transformation to have all the colors and sections tied together.
The red button band. I love red trim. When I have my own house I want it to have a red door – I’m just weird that way. Anyway, garter stitch band, 45 deg. miter at the V-neck. Cast off in knit on the right side (sorry EZ). Buttons from Jo-ann.
But, why, you ask, is there a line of Vs inside the buttonband?? Again, Knitter Peggy got a little carried away with her wool habits and when picking up stitches for the buttonband huge holes appeared. Not something that could be strategically felted, so I had to slip stitch crochet around each stitch I picked up to secure the band and cover the holes.
Really, it’s just another design detail. 🙂
Buttonloops cast-off. Cast-off the the desired spot, chain 4, continue to cast-off twisting the 1st stitch after the button loop.
Surely I’m not the first to unvent this technique but I’ve never seen it before. I really like it, and I’ll probably use the technique again.
A name tag and the extra button. I like to sew girls’ name tags inside the button band, in this case, on the steek facing. This is mostly to discourage kids from hanging handknits by the neck, and because grosgrain ribbon on the neck might be a bit scratchy.
The inside. This picture cannot express the ordeal of dealing with ends. They were copious and bred like bunnies every time I finished one off. Fortunately for me with my steek all the body ends were secured by machine and hidden in the facings. (Hey Berroco, maybe I am smarter than you!)
The sleeves however were a nightmare. Aside from the ends with no hiding places I had another problem… Again, Knitter Peggy with her wool habits thinks that a 5 stitch float on the back of the work is no big deal. And with wool, it’s not. However, as the pattern clearly states, colors must be twisted together frequently.
This yarn like small fingers – even small fingers in fists.
After identifying a very bad case of finger-snag, I had to go back and tack down every single float in the sleeves. The price to pay for idiocy. (Ok, Berroco you’re smarter than me.)
End of odessey.
Verdict: The result is fantastic. BUT, I would think very seriously before knitting this again. General note to self: I do not like multistrand yarns.
Aside from learning a few new techniques, I learned a lot about my knitting habits and assumptions. So it was a good experience, all in all. I just hope that steek holds!
…Would FrayCheck hold a steek?