As I said a couple of days ago, I’ve been wanting to knit a sweater for a long, long time. I taught myself to knit on my eighteenth birthday so it’s safe to say that sweater knitting has been on my to do list for my entire adult life.
This winter (you know, when it was actually sweater weather) I finally felt like I was ready to tackle a sweater. I decided on a toddler-sized project because I’d be able to try out all the various sweater things I had never done before without having too much knitting to rip out if I made a mistake. And also, toddlers aren’t perfectionists right? If something went horribly awry, I figured that Gretchen probably wouldn’t notice.
It turned into a super fun young-lady bonding project. I asked Gretchen if she liked the yarn I’d bought and she said “Nope!” Toddlers are straight shooters. But, they’re also indecisive – when I saw her again to do a mini sweater fitting, she was stoked.
I’d hoped to do a sweater photoshoot with Gretchen on the day I finally handed over her tiny custom-sized knit tunic, but it was, well, hot out. Maybe too hot. Instead her mom & I tried everything we could to stop her from getting naked & swimming in the river with some ducks. I love kids. Bossy toddlers do what they want!
Luckily, Desiree took some photos for her Small Style feature on So Fawned. If you wanna get the full effect you should probably check it out. Okay, you definitely should check it out because it is the cutest thing you will see today.
The pattern I used is Veera Välimäki’s Fisherman’s Pullover. Bridget helped me modify it for worsted weight yarn, and I lengthened it into a tunic. It goes without saying that there’s a lot of love for Veera’s patterns around here… her Sweet Vanilla Tunic is on my knit-list. Bridget adapted another children’s sweater – Gathering Stripes – so that it would fit her. Sasha & pretty much everyone in the universe is knitting a Color Affection shawl. We know how to party. Maybe one day we can party with Veera?
If you’d like to see my project notes or find a link to the pattern you can do so on my Ravelry page.