I finally have actual knitting content to show you! Remember the green hoodie I started for Daniel? And how I asked for opinions on the sleeves: stripes vs. no stripes? Of the folks who commented, more wanted stripes on the sleeves than not. In fact, the vote was 3-2. But my vote counts for more since I'm the one knitting the thing and I decided that Katie and Ann were right: no stripes is better. Less fussy, simpler, you know. Plus, I was halfway through the first sleeve before I even thought about it, so I left them off.
The sweater is finished now and I am really quite pleased with it. So is Anya:
It's Daniel's sweater, but when I announced it was time for a photo shoot, he wanted to take pictures with his own camera (he's kind of obsessed with it) rather than try the sweater on. Fortunately, little sis was a willing model.
Pattern: Child's hooded tunic #232 by Knitting Pure and Simple
Yarn: Cascade 220, color "spring", about 2.5 skeins, and "cream", a bit of one skein
Needles/gauge: size 8 for what I assume was 4.5spi, but I think my gauge was a little tight
Comments: Like I said, I think my gauge was tight because the sizing was way WAY off. I had to cast on twice for the sweater when the first attempt was coming out much too small. I'm still not convinced the sleeves are right. They turned out fine for this, but they seem a little skinny compared to the body. In the end, I increased enough for the biggest size, which is supposedly for 6-8 year-olds. Daniel just turned 3 this February! The sweater is a bit long and roomy for him, but just enough so that it will fit him through the winter.
What is there more to say? Nice pattern, lovely yarn.
The best part? It's such a beautiful color on Anya, she can wear it when Daniel grows out of it. Talk about good planning!
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