Knitting anything and everything you want
and enjoy the scenery!~~Vicki Square
author of The Knitter’s Companion and Knit Kimono
This top-down sweater is a labor of love! And do I ever love it–super comfortable!!! The roving was di.Ve’ Autunno in Fine Merino, which is now officially my teen’s favorite…it is just sooooo smooth, cuddly soft, and not itchy/scratchy on your skin! DD#1 picked out the fiber and searched on Ravelry for hours for a perfect match. The simple, attractive raglan is knitted from the Buttony pattern with very few modifications–made buttonholes every tenth rows, added extra length (length can just ruin a sweater’s comfort level) and waist shaping. I showed her how and where to decrease once…off she went…didn’t come back for hip increase instruction. She figured it out. Wish I can say she has my genes. Sometimes, I am downright envious of how at ease she is in designing and knitting. Mind you, this is her first adult small sweater after making this for a sweet angel she babysits.
I highly recommend the pattern (527 made on Ravelry todate with over 3000 in queue) for anyone squeamish about all the work of picking up stitches for button bands or sewing sleeves and seams. There is no need to block…the buttons are the only remotely challenging part of the sweater. It took 5.6 skeins for the body, knitted in Size 9 circular needles, and probably another skein to finish up the sleeves if she opts out of a vest idea. The squared neckline is fantastic…I really love the way it sits so I am planning to knit a modified version myself, a pullover maybe.
On a side note, this project with buttons costs about $50. Is it a hobby you would encourage a teen amid economic deep freeze?