Good morning everyone!

I am thinking of making this sweater for my niece, Katie.  She is 8 years old, and even though I know this is for an adult woman, I think I could make it for her in an Extra Small and it would fit her for several years to come.  She is growing up so fast!  She is tall for her age, all legs, LOL.. I decided to take my tape measure with me yesterday, May 30, 2017, and measure her chest to see what size would be the best one for her.  I was thinking between an extra small and a small size.  Well, when I got home and plugged her measurements into the pattern, I decided on an extra small size.  Her chest is 22 inches, her hips are 23 inches, and the length from the back of her neck down to her thighs is 22 inches as well. The Extra Small size covers from 28 to 30 inches in the bust.  She doesn’t have a bust yet, but she will, and I want this sweater/poncho to work for her for several years.  I think the extra small will carry her into her early teen years before I need to come up with another pattern to fit her into adult hood.

This is a SweaterBabe.com pattern, #182, and it is called the Noe Valley Sweater, but it looks like a poncho to me.  The sides are open and it is closed with one button on each side.  The premise is that you can put a long sleeve t-shirt on and slip this over your head and wear it on chilly mornings to keep warm.  It is made using Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn, but I will be substituting another worsted weight acrylic yarn so that her mom can throw this in the washer and dryer without any problem.  If she was older, I would probably use the Alpaca called for, but as she is still a child I think acrylic yarn is a better choice for this sweater.  I will make it with a bright fuchsia pink because that is her favorite color.  The yardage calls for 990 yards for the extra small size, and I have 2 skeins with 876 yards in each skein, so I have plenty of yarn to complete this with.  I just have to get gauge, and I think I can do that with the size 8 needles that the pattern calls for.  This acrylic yarn is a worsted weight yarn, as is the Alpaca, so it should come out right.

I plan to use my Signature fixed circular needles, size 8, to complete this project.  If I have to go down a size, I can use my size 7 or size 9 needles.  I have had several people advise me on how to change the pattern, but I am getting confused with all of the information.  I am not a master knitter, yet..  and I don’t know how to make a project based on stitch and row gauge.  This pattern calls for a stitch gauge of 18 stitches per 4 inches and 24 rows per 4 inches..  That comes out to 4.5 stitches for 1 inch and 6 rows per inch.  It also gives a cable panel gauge in 2 of the cable charts that I have to do in order to meet the gauge called for. Did I mention I don’t like doing swatches?  However, I will do one for this sweater because I want it to work for her and not swallow her whole.  I realize that it will be big on her for at least a year before she starts to grow into it, but her mom wants me to make her items that are bigger rather than that fit her now because she is growing so fast.  Given the open sides, it might even fit her mom!

I am excited to get started on this project, but I will finish my socks first.  Once they are done, I will start the swatching for this pattern.  I have turned the heels on my socks, so it shouldn’t take me too much longer to finish my socks. I don’t make socks that are full length.  I make them about 2-3 inches above where the heel sits and then I bind them off.  I don’t like socks that are too long for me.  My ankles and calves are larger than most, and the socks that fit my foot length don’t fit me in the legs if I make a typical long sock.  For this pair, I will make them longer than I usually do because of the lace pattern being so pretty.  See one of my previous posts about the socks that I am working on.

Anyway, I am going to knit this sweater by the charts, even though this will be a first for me.  The cable panels are very intricate and challenging so I shouldn’t get bored with the pattern because it has so many different cable panels.  At least I hope I don’t get bored!  The front and the back are made exactly the same.  I wish I could do both sides at 1 time like I knit my socks, 2@AT. I don’t think I could pull that off, so I will stick to making the front and the back separate from each other and join the shoulders with a 3-needle bind off. I think that will be a sturdy join and that it will withstand the test of time.  I seem to have trouble with keeping my seams together when I knit something.  I bind off and then hide the tails, but the tails eventually work themselves out again.  I don’t know what I am doing wrong.  I will keep trying until I get it right.  I am determined!  See picture below of the sweater that I am making for her.

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Until next time, take care and have a great week!

lindatulips

 

 

 

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