Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wrap Around Chunky Knit Sweater (knit)

It's cold. Really cold. Like below 32F for at least another week cold. In fact, we're looking at staying below zero with windchill for days (and we have had several of those days already). Like instant booger-freezing cold. 


You know what? That's totally fine by me. Personally I say you can always dress to be warmer but there's only so much you can do to cool down when it's too hot (like +100F). Been there. So what do you do when it's that cold?


You hibernate. You bake cookies. You get the fireplace going. You do lots of art projects. You dress in more layers than you can move in should you choose to go outside (and you do). Remember those legwarmers? Yeah, you put those on and maybe do a little dance.


This is the first "bigger" sweater I've knit. I usually don't have the patience for bigger projects because I don't like the thought of spending hours and hours of time working on something I'm not sure will turn out or fit. The drop in temperature, the taking apart another project with this yarn, and the want to make Little Miss E a wrap around sweater motivated me to start and complete this project. 

Love the side ties.

Loose 3/4-length sleeves with seed stitch edging.
Learned how to use the "yo" (yarn over) technique to create little eyelet holes along the edge.

Length goes over hip and covers the bum.
Notes:
  • Followed 3 year old sizing from Lion Brand's "Baby Kimono" Pattern. Fits loosely on my almost-3 years old petite daughter. Will likely fit for at least a year or two!
  • Used 2-3 balls of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (natural cream color); not entirely sure how much yarn I used because I took apart another project I was working on and don't remember how much yarn on used on that project.
  • Added on seed stitch border to sleeve ends and bottom hem (not a fan of the rolled hems here). 
    • Using US 13 (9.0 mm) 16" circular needles, picked up 22 stitches on sleeves. Completed seed stitch in the round for 3 rounds. Bind off loosely.
    • Switched to US 15 (10.0 mm) 29" circular needles to pick up stitches for bottom hem. Complete 4 rows of seed stitch pattern. Bind off loosely.



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