Pattern: Atlas (cardigan version)
Needles: US 5s (US 6s for color work and US 2s for ribbing, as called for in pattern)
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft – 4 skeins Snowbound, 1 skein Plume, 1 skein Blanket Fort
Size: 10 years (largest)
I loved this pattern – it was fun to knit, and even fingering weight didn’t take too long in child’s size! A few notes:
* I skipped the tubular cast-on and cast-off — just too lazy, I guess, and I never notice enough difference to make it worth the effort.
* The cardigan is knit in the round and then steeked – this was the first time I tried steeking, it was scary but not hard at all! I sewed the steeking lines on the sewing machine; it took me a little bit to figure out that you pick up the stitches for the button bands several rows inside from where you cut the steek, but this pattern makes it easy because the ribbed bottom cuff is already separated, so you just follow the lines already established there. I wasn’t sure how to finish off the edges that tuck underneath the button bands – the raw steeked edges, that is – I didn’t really see a need here to make them nice and neat, so I just tacked them down with fabric glue. The Loft yarn works so well for steeking that you don’t really need to do much to hold it fast or finish off the edges.
* The buttons are from a great Etsy store, Earth Elements Pottery – the 1/2″ size worked perfectly.
* I should have gone with size 8 – the size 10 is pretty oversized for my 9 1/2 year-old daughter. After blocking the sweater (always a must when working with Brooklyn Tweed yarns!) and trying it on, I tossed in in the dryer for 10-15 minutes while still damp – checking on it every 5 minutes or so, to make sure it didn’t shrink away to nothing – I’m not sure if it really shrank at all, maybe it’s a little better fitting – hard to tell. Oh well, she’ll grow into it – and she can wear it now, it just looks really oversized. I’m going to knit this pattern again, this time in a size 8.Pin It