This pattern has been on my 'one day I AM going to make this' list for a very long time. I'm still very smug about finding the book (Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots by Zoe Mellor) for a fantastic price recently, only a few weeks later and I've finally made the jacket I have admired for so long.
To begin with I was very intimidated by all the cables but actually they weren't so bad. Yes there are lots but nothing tricky. I used stitch markers between the panels which helped immensely. It was a really fast and fun knit, and not at all taxing or brain draining like I thought it might be.
I used Cleckheaton Country 12ply. I nabbed 6 balls for $1 ea on sale (score!) but then ran out of yarn (don't I always??!!) - the pattern said 6 balls but I forgot to check yardage and of course the CC was less than the recommended yarn. Luckily I found a local store with some and ended up going a little way into my 8th ball.
Which to me sounds like a LOT of yarn. I used a little over 10 balls of the same yarn making my adult sized FLS!! So to those who might like to make this jacket too....those cables and that hood really do eat up the yarn!! Buy more than you think you'll need!!
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. I didn't make any modifications - just cast on for the 1-2y size but used the length for the 2-3y size since my gauge was off a bit. M is 20mths so I was wanting the 2-3y size in the hope it will fit again next winter. It's a fairly looseish fabric (squishy and warm) with plenty of stretch so I'm hopeful she'll get 2 winters out of it. I think I would have liked maybe an inch more in length but I actually haven't blocked it yet so when I do I may see if I can ease it out a little bit lengthwise.
I am really very pleased with this actually and forsee much wearing of this jacket this winter! Functional, warm and so damn cute. And fun to knit. Always a winner combo!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Posted by sweetp at 12:26 AM