A little over a week ago I finally finished a baby gift that I started in 2012. Fortunately I know myself pretty well and I chose to make a size 2-3 so it out to fit my cousin's now 2 year old son just fine. I really hope so because I love this sweater. It's a Sirdar pattern that I've loved since the first time I saw it.
There are so many things I adore about it. There are big, basic things like the softness and color of the yarn. It's KP Swish in Delft Heather. There is something about a heathered yarn that is so soft and inviting and this one is no exception. It's got a lovely depth to it.
But there are little details about this sweater that thrill the knitter in me beyond reason. One of the last bits of finishing was the ribbed edging that was knit on after I assembled the sweater. I had to pick up over 250 stitches to do it and it came out well but I had no idea how well until I was binding it off. That's when I noticed how perfectly the ribbing matched up with the center cable that continues from the back hem right up and over the head.
And then there's the zipper. I'd never installed a zipper in any of my knits before and I do not sew at all. I really avoid it as much as possible. But I really felt like this sweater demanded a zipper so I read countless online tutorials and then I sat down with pins and thread and meticulously sewed in the zipper. I love it! It was so much easier than I thought it would be. I'm so proud that it lays flat and doesn't pucker.
Last but not least there is the grosgrain ribbon that I found to make the inside of the zipper pretty. I scoured the internet and a few stores looking for just the right one but I think it was worth it. What little kid doesn't love airplanes?
Jan 29, 2014