Advice needed!

My supremely clever (and super-adorable) knitting/designing buddy, Annie Watts, designed these mittens:


(The palms look like this.)

I am going to use these charts on a sweater for Sam. I’ve done the math and it works perfectly with the yarn I plan to use at the gauge I get with said yarn. YAY!

My concern is how to distribute colors. I was planning to do navy blue (Lake) and light grey (Beluga), but Sam would really like his sweater to have some yellow (Firefly) as well because his favorite colors are yellow and blue.

I’m thinking navy for the hem, skyline, and robots; grey for the background; and yellow for the sky/rest of sweater. What do you think? Creepy or awesome?

And once we’ve worked THAT out, where should the robots be placed? I was originally going to do a cardigan, which would be easy: a robot on each front. But then I realized I don’t have any interest in stranded knitting flat, so fuck that. It will be a short-sleeved pullover. Robots on the front? Back? One on each?

11 thoughts on “Advice needed!

  1. BaronessHeather

    May 31, 2013 at 5:52pm

    I actually really like the way it looks with her hands pressed together like that, creating one skyline with two robots.

  2. Tina

    May 31, 2013 at 5:54pm

    How about yellow for the lights of the buildings?

    • Annika

      May 31, 2013 at 6:54pm

      Oooh, you are speaking my language. Let me see if I can make that work…

  3. BaronessHeather

    May 31, 2013 at 5:54pm

    P.S. I would totally wear a cardigan with that pattern. A girl can never have too many robots.

  4. Laurie Ann

    May 31, 2013 at 6:31pm

    I like the idea of both on the front and just the skyline on the back, but you could also do the back view of the robots–ie: withtout the eye spot. At least I’m assuming it’s the eye spot, as I intend to make my robot shoot a red laser from it. (you may steal this idea if you like).

    Additionally, you could always graduate the skyline to simulate sunset–oranges into yellows, etc.
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  5. Annie

    May 31, 2013 at 6:47pm

    1. You are so very generous using Spud & Chlöe for your child! I couldn’t share mine

    2. Would you work the gray and yellow at the same time, or change colors mid-way? I’m trying to see what you’re envisioning without working three colors at once.

    3. Laurie Ann is brilliant for coming up with the back of the robot idea and I’m not kicking myself for not making the mittens this way, haha. I vote for this idea.


    • Annika

      May 31, 2013 at 6:52pm

      My thinking is to use the grey just as you did for the mittens, but instead of black/navy as the background to the grey, use yellow. Does that make sense?

      Laurie Ann IS brilliant (in many ways!) and I very well might do robots on the front and back.

      As for the spud and chloe, it is my FAVORITE yarn for kids’ stuff. SO DURABLE. SO SOFT. SUCH GOOD COLORS. Also I didn’t pay for any of it. Ha!

    • Annika

      May 31, 2013 at 6:53pm

      (So yes, there would probably be sections with three colors worked at once. I’m not sure yet.)

  6. Annika

    May 31, 2013 at 7:45pm

    Okay, now I am giving some serious thought to just using navy and yellow, but maybe outlining the robots in duplicate stitch with the grey. If I have enough yarn to do that (I have more grey than anything else!).

    P.S. Sam has no idea there will be robots on his sweater. I only asked him about colors.

  7. Katie Lynn

    June 1, 2013 at 8:17am

    I would still knit this as a cardigan. And I agree about the yellow as the window color. You could figure out a way to use duplicate stitch in some areas as well (where the third color isn’t being used often). But back to the cardigan bit, you can steek this, and add on the ribbing afterwards. Steeking is my new best friend, and isn’t nearly so scary as everyone wants you to think it is. I machine steek, and it’s so incredibly strong I have no fear taking the scissors to my work.

    • Annika

      June 4, 2013 at 8:09am

      I am not *afraid* of steeking, but I am doubtful about trying it with a superwash, cotton blend yarn.

      More importantly, though, I think he’s more likely to wear a pullover!

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