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Mineral sweater: one of the best projects I’ve ever knit.

I declare the Mineral sweater by Wondrlanding one of the best projects I’ve ever knit!

Just look at how adorable this sweater is! And the orange-yellow yarn is so happy-making! My favorite, too: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

The pattern was a delight to work. A little while ago, Laura Chau wrote a blog post about writing pattern instructions in table format. I am totally on board with this approach, it makes so much sense to me. The Mineral pattern is written in this way, and even though there are 8 sizes, the instructions are so easy to follow. Love it!

PatternMineral sweater by Wondrlanding. I knit size 3 (for a friend’s daughter), adding a tiny bit of A-line shaping and length to the body, so it can be worn as a tunic first, and then as a top.

Yarn: one of my favorites, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, in sunshine, about 4.5 skeins. This is a heavier yarn than called for in the pattern, so I had to rework the numbers a bit. No regrets, though, I love this yarn, and it’s perfect for this type of garment.

Needles: US 3 and US 4. Using US 4 needles, my gauge was about 6 stitches and 8 rounds per 1″ of stockinette knitting in the round. (about 24.5 sts per 4″)

Finished dimensions: 22.5″ chest circumference and 14.5″ from shoulder to front hem.

Not much more to say! How about a recent picture of Sonya, who is already 7 months old!

A new Koolhaas for myself

Many moons ago, I knit matching Koolhaas hats for me and my mister. This winter, I found myself reaching for my Koolhaas quite frequently, but always found it to be just a bit too shallow. My current self thanked my former 2009 self for writing a detailed blog post, because in it I had noted:

I think my hat came out just a little bit too shallow. I know 5 repeats, which I used for Walter’s hat, would have been too deep. A longer stretch of ribbing, or 4.5 repeats, would have been perfect for mine.

And so, I set out to knit a second Koolhaas for myself, this time working 4.5 repeats, as I had noted.

Yarn: 1 skein of Rowan Silky Tweed, which is now discontinued. I hunted down a skein on Etsy in a color which perfectly matches my winter coat – score!

Needles: US 6 and US 8 circs.

Even though I finished this hat in March, I still got a lot of wear out of it. But I’ve put it away now, delighted that our perpetual winter seems to be over :).

The third of 3 FOs

The sad thing is that just as I’m catching up and sharing the last of these 3 recent FOs, I’ve already finished another project. It’s so difficult to keep up!

These pictures are from February 28th, so Sonya is just shy of 5 months old here.

PatternWee Cria by Ysolda. This is the second Ysolda pattern I’ve knit (Wee Envelope was the first), and I have to say, I really like the way Ysolda’s patterns are formatted and written. A++. In this particular pattern, I really liked watching the top of the sweater form from the two shoulder rectangles, as well as the slipped-stitch buttonband, which lies flat, as promised.

I knit the 4th size, 9-12 months, though this sweater’s chest circumference ended up being much smaller than expected, so it fits Sonya nicely at 6 months. I changed the sleeve caps a bit to make them less poofy – both because I didn’t want them poofy, and because my yarn was very limited. For the buttonholes, I worked the “reinforced eyelet” from Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook.

Yarn: Regia Bamboo, color 1066, rescued from a long-ago UFO, Sidewinders socks. I only ever finished one sock, and found myself frequently petting it and thinking, this yarn would make a fabulous sweater for a baby. So, when I came across this pattern, I frogged the finished sock, and recycled the yarn.

Because I had exactly 2 balls of yarn, no more and no less, I tried to get as much mileage out of the yardage as possible by knitting the sleeves last after weighing the yarn to divide it equally. The sleeves are thus about 3/4-length, which is actually pretty convenient for a baby, because they always drag too-long sleeves in food and such.

Needles, gauge and finished dimensions: I didn’t note the needle size, but it must have been something small because the gauge is 8 stitches and 11 rows per inch. Yup, it’s another fingering-weight baby sweater! The sweater dimensions are: 17″ chest circumference, 11.5″ shoulder to hem, and 3″ armpit to sleeve cuff.

I had a difficult time finding just the right buttons. These pink ones are “craft” quality, but the color matches nicely, and the size was right. I knit faux pockets, and they are lined in purple sock yarn, though you can’t see that from the photos.