It is pretty rare that I find the time to knit up a pattern by another designer, but I have wanted to knit up this beautiful Little Coastal Pullover by Hannah Fettig the INSTANT I saw it on instagram a few months ago. I absolutely love the texture and the simple shape. It has all the trappings of a wardrobe staple! With so much talk about Mini Me Made May I thought it would be an ideal time to cast on a sweater for little Ms Hunter (who has out-grown almost all of her current sweaters). I put the two desires together and away I went.
I just happened to have 4 beautiful skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage in my favorite color, ‘Cousteau’, on hand, the perfect weight and yardage for my Little Coastal Pullover. I had picked up the yarn a little while ago on an ‘I must knit Hunter a sweater in this amazing color’ whim, it was just meant to be!
Pattern: Little Coastal Pullover by Hannah Fettig
Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage in ‘cousteau’, eked out of 3 skeins (like 2 yards left, seriously)
Size: 8. The pattern sizing is perfect but Hunter is a pretty giant 5 year old. She wears at least a size 7 in commercial clothing, I maybe could have even made the size 10 to give it even more room to grow!
I so enjoyed this knit and it looks just perfect on Hunter. Nothing too tricky, but interesting enough to keep me going. It is a lovely treat to just follow a pattern and knit sometimes, without considering every element of the design as I go. The lovely Coastal Pullover also come in grown up sizes so I am dreaming of a matching sweater for me!
Tip of the Day:
Confession: I can be bit of a forgetful knitter. I never mark my place in patterns and often forget to leave myself important notes on sleeve increases or decreases, waist shaping information, and pretty much any other note of that nature. And so, to keep myself on track, I mark my knitting.
For this pattern it wasn’t immediately obvious to me if I had cabled 2 rounds earlier or 3 rounds earlier and a mis-timed cabled is precisely the type of error that is only noticeable an inch or 2 later, or worse, once the sweater is finished. Disaster! So, I placed this helpful safety-pin-type marker in the cable row and then it was easy counting from there! You can see in the picture above that I cabled, then worked 3 rounds, so I knew it was time to cable again.
This works well for a multitude of situations. I often mark my sleeve increases or decreases so I can make the second sleeve the same and I mark cable rounds or particular lace rounds that occur every so often to keep myself on track.
I can now send Hunter off to Kindergarten in September in hand knit sweater, wrapped in love from her Mama. Okay, it will be more like mid-October before she needs to wear a sweater to school but it will still be nice!
How is your #minimemademay coming along?
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