Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gray sweater for a great girl

I made this sweater a million years ago.  Seriously, I cast on last summer.  I was thinking about making this for Ellis because I'm a terrible judge of gauge.  I mean, the pattern name is the Puerperium Cardigan (free download on Ravelry.  The puerperium period is the time between birth and 6 weeks).  Here's what it looks like when you use the right yarn.

Which is roughly how old Ellis was in this picture.
Once I realized how large the worsted weight yarn version was going to be, I knit a few more increase rows to make this big enough for Evelyn.  And then she didn't want it!  And I was pretty dadgummed devastated.  So it sat in my not-quite-done pile until a few weeks ago.  She decided she wanted this!  I was confused, but happy. 

I took her to the Yarn Mart to pick out buttons a couple of weeks ago.  I took the sweater with me so we could check the buttonholes.

First, she wanted some buttons that were bigger than half-dollars.  Too big.

Then she wanted some fire truck buttons.  Too big.

Basketball buttons.  Close, but too big.

But then.  These guys!

Honestly, I don't know if this is a porcupine or a hedgehog and neither did anyone else in the store.  But Evelyn liked them and they fit the buttonholes.  She showed them to one of my knitting group friends, and several other people in the store.  Everyone was very impressed with her selection, and excited for her to wear her new sweater.  It was a fun little taste of the knitting community for her.  She knows I go out on Saturday nights sometimes to knit with people, but it's a little abstract for her even though she's met a lot of the knitters several times.  She was impressed with them acting impressed with her, and that made me smile.

I stitched on the buttons early last week and she modeled her new sweater for these beautiful pictures.  It was pretty thrilling to feel like I'd 'made' a sweater in one evening since so much time had passed since I knit this up.  Now she's ready for cooler weather! 

And we're both pretty thrilled about that.


Deborah Brauser said...

Such a cute sweater! And she's right, those are perfect buttons. :-) So glad that everything finally came together.

Jen said...

Thank you! I love seeing her wear this--she's so proud that I made her a sweater and that she helped!

Dorothy Johnson said...

I have the same problem with gauge, but yours turned out great. I love the buttons. Adorable little model.

Amanda said...

Great story!

Jen said...

Thanks to both of you! I swear I've been knitting forever, but only really started to seriously think about gauge (and swatches) a few months ago. Before that I would just hold my breath and hope the end result would fit somebody, ha!

Sarah Shotts said...

Love those buttons!

Sarah Shotts said...

Love those buttons!

Jen said...

Thank you, Sarah!