November 08, 2013
Shawl-collared baby sweater
This is a belated gift for a new baby. He is now 14 months old. Eh, who's counting?
Once upon a time, I had actually started that Fisherman's Pullover using this very yarn, but found that the fabric came out very bulky - too much cabling for such a little sweater. The silhouette appealed to me, however, so I decided to swap smaller cables that would add texture, but not as much bulk.
If the stitch pattern looks familiar, that's because it's the same one I used in the Shifting Sands scarf pattern.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, 100% superwash wool, in color #1926, doeskin heather. This sweater used up about 2.3 skeins (520 yards).
Needles: US 4 for the ribbing, US 6 for the body.
Finished dimensions: 23" chest circumference, 12" from shoulder to hem, and 8" sleeve length to underarm. I aimed to make this an 18-month size, and I think I got pretty close.
I found the collar of this sweater to be simply impossible. I am not sure where I went wrong: did I make the neck hole too deep or too wide, too shallow or too narrow? Did I pick up the wrong number of stitches, or knit the ribbing to the wrong length? No matter what I tried, it seemed to me that the collar was coming out too high and too closed up. I finally made the collar work, but not before adding short rows and increases to make it spread out and away from the neck, and seaming it at least a dozen times. Ugh! I think I don't want to see another shawl collar for a long while.