Yes, finally. An ironic pattern name in light of how long this poor project languished. I just couldn’t seem to get it together … literally. My fault, not the sweater’s.
The fact that this was started in (gulp) 2009 and finished in 2011 is a testament to the
very generous sizing in my favorite pattern collection for children, Kim Hargreaves’ Pipsqueaks. Almost everything in it is sized from toddler through 10. That means patterns that are not babyish and intensely kid-friendly. Many, like this one, are unisex.
I did modify the
pattern slightly, in that I eliminated the short-row shoulders in favor of a straight ones and a three-needle bind-off. I also eschewed the instructions to knit the collar flat and seam it, as I much prefer to work that in the round. No harm, no foul, as this is just a kid sweater – not a particularly fitted piece where shoulder graduation was important.
The yarn, the discontinued Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK, was just fine to work with. It did lose some of its processed feel after a bath – which is a good thing in my book. Just a nice workhorse wool.
Having recently celebrated another birthday, Darling Bebe was in the mood to model. She is so delighted when presented with anything Mommy knits for her … in fact, she was afraid to wear this because she didn’t want to get it dirty!
I assured her Mommy would be happy to wash it when that happens.