I’ve been wanting to knit this pattern for some time for my youngest daughter, and finally found the perfect yarn – unfortunately, it was fingering weight, but I got gauge with it doubled on US 6s, so I plunged ahead. I’m always nervous knitting for my kids, because there are so many reasons they may not wear the finished item – it’s too big, or too small, it’s itchy, they don’t like how it looks, the sleeves are too long, the collar is too high, etc. I wish that I’d been knitting more sweaters back when they were all very small and would wear anything I dressed them in!
By now, I’m down to knitting only for my nine-year-old — her older sisters are just too likely to end up leaving my lovingly knit sweaters that too SO LONG to knit tucked away deep in their dresser drawers. I knit so many sweaters for myself that it’s like a mini-vacation to knit a child’s sweater – it goes so fast!
Here are the specs on this one:
Pattern – Starboard by Alicia Plummer
Yarn – Bumblebirch Wellspring (100% super wash merino), fingering weight in color Hellebore (it took two 490/yd skeins and part of a third, held doubled)
Needles US 6s (US 4s for ribbing)
Size: age 8 years
The yarn is beautifully dyed – I found the first skein at Knit Purl in Portland, and then custom ordered matching additional skeins from the indie dyer on Etsy (she happens to be a local Portlander, too!)
I like the simple, top-down seamless construction, and the ingenious styling for the pockets. I think I could have got with size 10, and gotten a little more of a loose fit – this one is pretty fitted across the chest, and I wish I’d knit it an inch or two longer – but lately, when I’ve knit up a size for my nine-year-old, the FO ends up way too blousey and oversized, so I went down a size this time. The real test: whether she wears it this fall . . .
I have leftover an entire skein, and part of a second skein – if anyone is interested in knitting with this beautiful yarn, leave me a comment and I’d be happy to mail it off to youPin It