Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I Want One!
The Glampyre Bulky Cabled Sweater is done. I knew it wasn't for me because of the colour. But as I knit it up, it became very clear that it was going to turn out nowhere near my size. My daughter Hayley started eyeing it. Yesterday, it was done except for the sleeves. She saw the buttons that I had on hand and got very excited. "Can I have this?" She asked, "Can I have it with THESE buttons??" So she chose the buttons and the order for them to go on, and I measured her up for sleeves.
It fits her very well, and there is room for growth, both in the stretch factor and in the way I finished it off.
The neckline in Glampyre's pattern sits quite low on the shoulders. Hayley has slim shoulders, and it looked like it might fall off, so I tightened things up by crocheting the neck edge. If she still loves the sweater when she's a little bigger, I can easily remove the crocheting for the more grown-up look.
Hayley is ten and thinks these buttons are totally cool. They are her favorite part of the sweater. If she changes her mind in a year or so, we can change those too. I also sewed them far over on the button band to make the sweater fit slimmer.
Details I love about this sweater: the top down shaping, and the details on neckline, button bands, and bottom band.
I really like the mirrored cables. They mirror on the back, on the fronts, and on the sleeves.
The sleeve cuff is supposed to match the bottom band, but Hayley doesn't like ribbing on her cuffs, so I did some rows of plain stockinette stitch instead.
All the Details:
Pattern: Glampyre's Bulky Cabled Sweater pattern in the smallest size
Yarn: Three full balls plus ten meters of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in Orchid (470 yds total). I sewed on the buttons with elann.com's Devon in Baton Rouge (which happens to be the same colour).
Buttons: from Wal-Mart
Needles used: 8mm circular for the main body/sleeves; 6mm for the bottom band; 6.5mm for the button bands
Measurements: Bust (28" would stretch to 30"); Under arm to bottom (12"); back of neck to bottom (17"); sleeve from underarm (14.5")
Oh yeah...and I received a nice Valentine in the mail today: Araucania Magallanes in colour 303. Mmmmm...more on this later. I'm still whooping it up over Hayley's sweater. She looks edible in it.