Pattern: Little Honey by Amy Miller
Yarn: Stylecraft Special 4ply, not quite 100g in colour: #1302 Denim and Rowan RYC Cashsoft 4ply (discontinued), just over 50g in colour: #433
Needles: 2½mm and 3mm circs and dpns
A huge fanfare is in order, I think, as this sweater is finally done and dusted!
I always forget just how much of a bother a project has been to create when it’s finally blocked and being used, which is probably what keeps me knitting. This sweater wasn’t hard to knit once I got going, but after the false starts and summer break, it feels like I have been knitting this particular sweater forever.
The biggest modification I did was to knit it at a totally different tension. The yarns I chose were finer than the 4ply yarn used in the pattern, and I got a very loose fabric trying to knit at the given tension. So I had to start scribbling sums on bits of paper until I worked out which size I’d need to knit at my preferred tension to make it fit. I still followed the lengths given for the 4 to 5 year size so that it wouldn’t end up floor-length, and it’s turned out to be a good fit. The sleeves have a bit of extra length for growing, and the body is tunic-length, which is most stylish. It’s a nice fit across the shoulders, too, as some top-down raglans tend to be a bit tight.
Even knitting a bigger size than I’d planned, I scarcely used any yarn, which is the beauty of knitting with 4ply. The whole sweater took less than 150g of yarn! It helped that Stylecraft Special 4ply is a mammoth in terms of meterage with 471 metres per 100g. It is also lovely to knit with and even softer than the other Special yarns I’ve used. I’ll definitely be using it again.
The pattern was well-written with only a tiny error which was easy to spot and correct. I appreciated the fact that the whole pattern covered only three sheets of paper. I’ve bought some patterns in the past that are spread over twice as many pages for a much simpler thing than a sweater, purely because of numerous photos which I don’t really need.
Apparently the weather this weekend is due to be miserable, so it looks like I finished this just in time!