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« on: April 03, 2010 03:20:13 AM »

I finished this sweater for my little girl last week and I'm pretty pleased with it - I've been a knitter pretty much all my life and I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the biggest project I've undertaken yet. The pattern is from Zoe Mellor's book Adorable knits for tots* and I used Sirdar Luxury Cotton DK in a green colourway** instead of the recommended Rowan handknit cotton purely because the Sirdar stuff is MUCH cheaper.

I'm posting loads of photos so with consideration to those of you who might not be on high-speed internet connections yet, you can click on the picture to go to the flickr page and see a larger version. Apologies for the less-than-stellar quality of the first two pictures but they were taken on my phone.

This is what would become the bottom of the back of the sweater. It was knit across 9 stitches and to cast on the back (and then the front), stitches were picked up along the long side.


If you're a member of Ravelry you can see the project page here.

This is the finished sleeve. I was really impressed with how cute this turned out because it was so simple to do. My sole criticism is that eager-to-dress toddlers get fingers stuck in the holes if they're not careful.


And the finished sweater modelled by the very happy recipient.




After knitting this my hands have been itching for something to do, so I've been experimenting with 'plarn' (ugh, I'm cringing at that horrible word!). This is two carrier bags from Sainsbury's (a kind of upmarket British version of Walmart) and the wrapper from a packet of pampers. I'm not quite sure what it's going to be yet but sometimes it's the journey and not the destination that's the fun part.



Thanks for looking!


* - You have no idea how many times I typed 'Adorable knits for tits' by accident
** - Green because honest to God I am so sick of pink.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010 03:48:46 AM »

The sweater is adorable and the lucky recipient looks very happy!

As for the plarn... good luck!  I always imagined if I found some in my stash, I'd end up knitting slippers or something out of it (like the jellies we had when I was growing up).
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010 03:57:57 AM »

Thank you very much! She's absolutely thrilled by it, I think it's just the novelty of having seen Mummy make it and then it being hers - she's the 3rd of 4 kids and I like to make sure they all have some quality individual attention Smiley

The plarn is funny stuff, I like your idea of jelly-style shoes but I think this stuff would hurt your feet because of the lumps and bumps of the knit stitches. Crochet might work better for that? It's so easy to make though, I made a huge ball in about 15 minutes with a rotary cutter and half-dozen bags.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010 09:39:42 AM »

with plarn, i've seen lots of reusable grocery sacks, and i've made a doormat (double-layer of a huge rectangle)!
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2010 09:45:33 AM »

That sweater is almost as beautiful as your DD!!
I love the way the flower pops!
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2010 02:59:19 PM »

Thanks! It was super-easy to do really, the pattern is really well written in that regard.

I like the doormat idea actually, I might keep working on it for a while before I decide. See how long it takes me to get bored Wink
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2010 09:09:34 AM »

That sweater is ADORABLE!
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2010 03:08:33 PM »

That sweater is super adorable!  I want one in my size!  Your dd is indeed darling! 
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2010 02:29:31 PM »

I've never heard of plarn, but I'm definitely going to give it a go! I have tons of carrier bags *blushes* and that jumper is darling!
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2010 02:56:38 AM »

Thanks everyone! Smiley
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