You may remember from previous posts (The One With the Circle Blanket) that my family vacations on Orcas Island every summer. It is traditional that I start some sort of crochet or knitting project to work on that week while sitting on the beach or by the campfire. This year, I chose a DIY Knitted Sweater, using a pattern I found on Ravelry, for my youngest daughter to wear as she starts kindergarten.
If you crochet or knit and you haven’t discovered the wonder of Ravelry.com you should check it out immediately. There are so many fantastic patterns from knitted sweaters to crocheted hats. The pattern I chose for this project is called Tulle and it is by Signe Stromgaard.
As usual, it is not super exciting to look at when you first start. But it is always fun to begin a new project and I love the color my wife chose. I have several sets of these metal needles which are very cool because they detach and can be switched out.
As I make progress you can start to see a cool pattern emerge. It is always amazing to me what you can do with one long piece of yarn if you just tangle it in the right way.
It took me long past my week at Orcas. And I spent a lot of nights trying to get it finished in time for her to start school. But I got it done! Once the knitting is done, I got it damp and spread it out on a blocking mat, pinning it down in the shape I want. This will help the yarn relax and maintain this shape once dry.
At first I thought this DIY Knitted Sweater would be too short, but after blocking it became apparant she will be able to wear it for quite a while.
And there is my kindergartner. Next in my knitting rotation: a lacey cardigan for my oldest.
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