Monday, December 17, 2012

Craft: Penelope's Christmas Sweater

So as you all probably can tell, I'm a cross stitcher. I've dabbled in knitting and crocheting, sewing and quilting, but cross stitch is my first love. It's a dying art, and it makes me sad to think that fewer and fewer people are picking up their needles and floss to make beautiful pieces of stitchery.

A good friend of mine is an avid knitter. She's been knitting for quite awhile and makes beautiful sweaters for her daughter, socks for her brother, and scarves for herself and other friends. She is my opposite. She has dabbled in cross stitch, but knitting is her first love.

After discussing, we decided to start doing a Monday night Knit-A-Long/Stitch-A-Long (KAL/SAL), to sorta stretch our other crafty wings. She cross stitches, and I knit. When trying to come with a pattern, I decided I wanted to knit a sweater for Penelope to go with her Christmas dress. Beth helped me poke around and find a great pattern that was pretty easy (and free!) on Ravelry. I bought some really soft white yarn and got started!

I started in the middle of October, and I am happy to report that I have finished the sweater! It's a week early (I need it for the 23rd) and I'm really happy with how it turned out. There's just one little problem...

The sweater is WAY too big for Penelope.

Yeah, I forgot to measure Penelope before I made the sweater. Instead, I just went ahead and made the 18-24mos size that correlates to everything else she wears. BIG MISTAKE. Turns out, when I did finally measure her near the completion of the sweater, her chest was only 19in around, which is equal to 48.26cm (pattern is in cm)...which is smaller than the SMALLEST size (51cm). So it turns out, I could have made the smallest size sweater (which would have gone a lot faster), and it still would have been a little big, but not MONSTROUS! Keep in mind. It's supposed to be a SHRUG.

Either way, its finished, and she might be able to wear it...when she's 10! :-)


Keep in mind. Its supposed to be a shrug :-)


Beth said...

Oh. My. Word. That face is just priceless. Will she still be wearing it for Christmas?

Sara with an H said...

Given the face, probably not. I'll put it in the "clothes to grow into" box and she'll wear it...eventually :-)

Dawn Ellen Miller said...

the pout is classic.

After all that work, too big is better than too small. Better to look forward to wearing it than having to put it way until you can find another little girl to wear it.

nice work, btw.