Alternate post title: Look, I actually finished something!
(This is not one of the official pattern pictures, but I love it SO MUCH. Sam is a ham.)
I designed this sweater for Sam, based on this one, his all-time favorite.
It’s knitted bottom-up, in the round, with a round yoke. I used Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, on size 6 needles.
I’ve been working on this sweater for like a year and a half! Good grief. I mean, I took breaks to do a bunch of other stuff in there, but still. Finally, it is DONE! Now I just need to finish the Dagmar sample for Grace–she keeps growing and I had to rip out the size 1 I’d started to reknit as a size 2.
I think this might be the best thing I’ve ever designed. And of course, it was an afterthought! I’d already sent in a proposal for this issue, and threw the proposal for Nola Jane together literally the afternoon of the deadline because I had a bee in my bonnet.
This is the blouse that was my inspiration. It was a hand-me-down from Amy, the real Nola Jane’s mama. I had so much fun figuring out how to get a similar effect with knitting!
I even made a dorky video to show how to do the ruffle.
P.S. The other sweater proposal I sent in didn’t work for this issue, so I’m currently knitting up a sample to self-publish. I think you’ll like it–I hope so. The orange sweater Gracie is wearing here is one version.
Check it out, guys–I made a sweater pattern. It’s a baby/child’s cardigan called Emmett.
It uses my new favorite yarn, Spud & Chloe Sweater, but you can substitute any worsted weight yarn you like. I definitely recommend something with wool content if possible! I originally swatched for this project (over two years ago!) with Cascade 220.
The size range is 0-3 months up to 10 years. The sweater is meant to be fairly close-fitting (about one inch positive ease*), so if you live in a colder climate and it’s likely to be worn over many layers, perhaps make one size up. Grace and Sam wear theirs over t-shirts (long or short sleeves) and it’s the perfect outer layer here in Los Angeles.
*that’s one inch compared to the average size charts, so Sam’s sweater fits with about 2.5 inches ease even though he’s already outgrowing it length-wise. These kids and their non-standard bodies!
Although it is not technically required, I have given express permission for hand-knitted items made from my pattern to be sold. I want to see Emmetts all over Etsy, okay?