Pattern: Owlet by Kate Davies
Yarn: Stylecraft Special Chunky, 2 x 100g in colour: #1023 Raspberry
Needles: 5½mm and 6mm circs and dpns
I figured it would be quicker to just sew the underarms and add buttons to this sweater than to do a WIP post first. It’s been a hectic week, and I apologise for being horribly behind on responding to all your comments. I will get around to it!
For now, let me rave about the Owlet pattern, because it is adorable. I knew it would knit up quickly in chunky yarn, but didn’t reckon on it being such a quick project. To save time while on holiday, I cast on and knitted the ribbing, and then with nothing to occupy my hands during the Olympics opening ceremony, I finished the entire body and ribbing for the first sleeve! So although I did do a fair bit of knitting while away, I had a pretty good head start.
The pattern is very simple, as it’s mainly a stocking stitch sweater. It’s only when the sleeves and body are joined that any kind of concentration is really needed for the owl cables. They were great fun to work and it’s amazing how just two types of cable can be arranged to look exactly like an owl. I wonder if it would work with otters?
Unfortunately, despite swatching and measuring and believing it to be fine, my tension was off and I ended up with 14 stitches to 4 inches rather than 13. As I was knitting the 3 to 4 year size, I hoped this wouldn’t matter too much and the sweater does indeed fit. However, it’s not going to last much past this winter, I’d think! I noticed from the other finished Owlets on Ravelry that it seems to be worn with minimum ease, but I did want a baggier look (not too baggy like a Debbie Bliss sweater, but with a bit of wriggle room!). But it was such a quick knit that I can easily make a bigger one next year.
I didn’t have enough buttons of any type to give all the owls eyes, so went for a minimalist look. I may get more buttons to do the rest of them, but if I do, I will also get some contrasting yarn to sew them on. I split the chunky yarn to sew on the two buttons I did add, which I though was clever, but it ended up being pretty weak and pulling apart if I tugged on the needle too hard.
Special Chunky is lovely to knit with, like its DK weight sibling, and will be great for chucking into the washing machine when it gets various things spilt on it. Because my tension was off, I ended up with one whole ball of yarn leftover, so I’m snaffling it to knit myself an Icing Swirl Hat.
Most importantly of all, Rose approves of her pink (grrr!) sweater.