Monday, January 12, 2015

welcome to the flock

I first saw this wee sheepie cardigan on the Yarn Harlot's blog and just knew I had to make one for our little guy. Stranded colorwork and a fairly fine gauge meant that there was no way I was making a teensy size, since if it's that labor-intensive, it ought to fit for quite a while.

pattern: welcome to the flock, by Julia Farwell-Clay
yarn: knit picks capra, pesto, cream, and black
needles: US 2 (2.75mm), US 4 (3.5 mm)
size: 24 months

toddler-approved! the perfect attire for rearranging Grandma's snowman family
Love the pattern and the cozy little cardigan! The Capra DK-weight cashmere/merino-blend yarn was super soft to knit and looked absolutely gorgeous at first. As I had feared, it does pill. In fact, it pills a LOT. Very disappointing, as it's already beginning to look ratty. I'll need to dig out the sweater shaver and see what I can do.

Also, I knit this yarn at a tighter gauge than I'd like -- next time I'd use a thinner yarn. The buttons aren't ideal (a little thin and flimsy), but I realized that I had better sew on some buttons asap so that Erik could wear it as long as possible. So, in a nutshell: great pattern, super cute result, but I wish I had used better materials.


Rachel said...

This is super adorable!

knittingqueen said...

Unreal! Beautiful, and on Size 2 needles and the vertical ribbing up the front. That is a lot of knitting! Can't believe the yarn pilled. Have you ever used Dale of Morway "Dalegarn"? That is very good and thin. They seem to knit many things on small size needles.

I'm glad I came across your blog. I love in La Crosse, so nice to see things from someone close to me, sort of. We are Badger fans!

Joan, the knitter from Wisconsin

Olive Knitting said...

great sweater. thanks for tip about the yarn, too.

Lynn, the Wisconsin knitter in italy

Gillian said...

The cardigan is really lovely. You could always change the buttons some time if you think it would be worth the trouble.

Ness said...

A sheepy sweater! So cute!

Tracy Altieri said...

How wonderful!

angoradreams said...

What does it say about me that I wish that was in my size?? Adorbs!

Rue said...

That's adorable! Have you seen this sheep cardigan: I've had my eye on both sweaters for the girls. I'm glad to hear this one is a hit!

Caffeine Girl said...

That is such a cute sweater!
I envy the snow Chicago has gotten. We haven't had a single snow day in Madison.