Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Charlotte's First Spiral Baby Shrug is Complete

After a few weeks of knitting and frogging, knittig and frogging, I have finally finished Charlotte's first Spiral Baby Shrug. Why "first" you ask? There are still one or two kinks that I'm trying to work out in the pattern before I publish it, so I'm making another one, in purple (of course) to test it out.I think Charlotte really likes this sweater, although she wasn't too thrilled with having to try it on over and over again in 85 degree heat. The soy yarn is super soft, and my guess is it breathes really well.
The body of the sweater is basically a circle with sleeves. It is completely seamless. The only sewing involved weaving in ends and sewing on a button. I started out in the center back making a spiraling circle, added sleeves and shifting to 2/2 rib for the collar and cuffs.
I am really happy with how the spiraling extends from the back and around the sleeves and to the front. I need to try this on a few sizes of kids, because I'm not really sure what size to label it. I think this will end up fitting Charlotte for a while. I made cuffs that can fold back when their arms are shorter and extend as they grow. It is also quite stretchy and only has to stretch across the chest to button. My boys chests stayed about the same size as they got older, they just grew upwards.
Here is the purple combo. I am knitting it out of Knit Picks worsted weight Swish superwash wool yarn in "wisteria." This yarn is a little heavier than the soy, so I'm working it on size 7 needles. I should be a slightly bigger sweater that way that can fit a larger range of kids. I am hoping that the pattern can just be a one size fits most toddlers kind of thing. I am happy to say this version is going much faster, since the pattern is 98% figured out, and there has been a lot less reworking necessary. I am hoping to have this one done by Thursday night, so I can jump into the Ravelympics full force on Friday.

Courtney and Jeff have thrown the challenge out to me to adapt it for women's sizing. Ahh - I love a good challenge.

9 comments:

Camille said...

Oh! This little shrug is gorgeous. Don't you just love that Bernat Soy. It's very soft and easy to work with. I have it in the minty color and crocheted a scarf earlier this year. Love the wisteria color also.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Very, very nice.

patricia said...

Oh wow! That is really cool, Sunny!

Chris and Holly said...

Wow- this is so cute on her. I absolutely love this pattern. So brilliant! Okay, and Ravelry hates me. I've signed up THREE TIMES now with no invitation. Oh the rejection!

MARSINAH NETTO BURGOS said...

This sweater is pretty neat! Charlotte is a cutie!

LDSVenus said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!!! Your design is very awesome and really highlights the little one's sweet face. I look forward to your complete pattern being published, I have 2 grand daughters about 2 years old (born 4 months apart) that would also look so sweet in that pattern. :) Congratulations on your design and amazing talent. :)

Toni said...

oh gosh that little one is PRECIOUS!!! Good job.... that pink is PERFECT!! Toni

Mutti said...

Wow! That is DARLING. You mention above you have to make it several more times to check out the various sizes. Holly would be happy to do one for you in Whitney's cousin's size. =)
~Holly's Sister In Law

Karen said...

I came across your blog while looking for the website for a new LYS in town, called Serial Knitters. I love this spiral shrug! Did you publish the pattern?