I just finished knitting a Starsky Jr
for my daughter. Well, I actually finished the knitting weeks ago, I just seamed the last sleeve today and sewed on the buttons. My daughter picked out the pretty butterfly buttons and I think they match her well. It was fun shopping for them with her.
But back to the sweater. I used recycled wool from a thrift store sweater. I love the color of pink/white variation and it seemed to block well. Speaking of blocking, I blocked the pieces, but not the whole thing together, so the rib trim/collar isn't blocked and the shoulders are pointy. I'll do that eventually. Probably the first time she gets it dirty and it needs washed. Probably tomorrow.
It was fun to knit. The banana tree pattern took forever, all those little 1x1 cables, all the different combos of knit and purl, on every row both front and back! But it was fun to see it develop, and it was mercifully child-sized! My daughter wore it to pick out the buttons today and said it was itchy on her back of her neck.
But she does have some cute shirts with hoods that she could wear it with and not itch her. As it is, I'm nervous to let her wear it to school because she looses EVERYTHING. I'm going to try to put a tag in with a loop for hooks. I think I'll let her wear it sparingly the rest of this season, and then let it loose next year. She's a pip-squeak and will still be able to wear it, I'm sure.
But on to the pictures!
Close-up of front, collar, and button. Oops, remember, most of this hasn't been blocked. You can so tell. I'm such a fan of blocking now. I pinned the pieces to the bare mattress on the top bunk in my daughter's room and took down the ladder so no one could get up there while it dried.
The back. Three, count them, three full panels of the banana tree pattern. Did I mention cables on front and back?
Close-up of the banana tree pattern. I ended up really liking it. I had never done anything quite like it before.
And one more just cuz my daughter is all cute like, "are you done yet, mom?" You can really see the pointy shoulder effect in this one.
Well, that's it! If you made it through all this, congrats. I searched and hadn't seen anyone else do one of these, so I tried to be thorough.