Things have been a little quiet around here for the last couple of weeks. You might assume that means that little knitting has been taking place, with the heat, vacations, and all the rest, but the truth is actually the opposite. I have been finishing up a couple of projects, including a hat and sweater for my son’s first year of school, and wanted to wait to blog them until they were finished.
Over the past year, I have been admiring designs from Kate Oates. You might be familiar with either of her design lines: Tot Toppers and When I Grow Up. She started out with some really fun hats for the younger kids, and her designs for boys really appealed to me. Since then, she has started to design garments for children and women that somehow strike a balance between whimsy, simplicity and elegance. My choice for Ethan’s sweater was her Gramps Cardigan (child or adult). This cabled cardigan is available in sizes 6 months to children’s size 8, and then from the When I Grow Up line from a 30 inch bust to a 52 inch bust. This means that pretty much everyone in the family could have a matching sweater!
I knit my version in Berroco’s Blackstone Tweed. I’d never used a woolen tweed yarn before, and I can honestly say that this will be a “go-to” yarn for me. For an easier care sweater, I’d recommend either Cascade 220 Superwash (we have tons of colors right now) or Berocco Vintage.
Since I haven’t posted in a few weeks, I’ll also share the hat pattern, which was knit with one and half left over balls of Blackstone Tweed. I chose the Sweet and Sour Apple Hat, also from Tot Toppers. As with the Gramps Cardigan, the pattern is written with sizes from infant to adult.
(Because my sweater is knit in navy blue yarn, my pictures don’t do the design justice, but here is a link to my Ravelry Project page in case you are curious: Meridith’s Gramps Cardigan.) Read the rest of this entry »