This is, hands-down, the craziest knitting pattern I've ever made and by the time I got done with it I'd unpicked and restitched enough to have made it three times over. But . . . it is finally done and I like it.
It's a shrug and you start from the cuff of one sleeve and work back and forth until you widen into a large circle for the body then narrow back to the second sleeve and on down to the final cuff.
Once you've got that you sew up the arm seams then pick up a ton of stitches completely around the circumference of the body/circle and knit in the round to make this big ruffle around the body. The ruffle folds down into a collar at the top and hangs on either side as a lapel.
But the pattern (which I found at the Lion Brand Yarn site) didn't have a diagram of the garment so when I needed to adjust the stitches for a better fit I couldn't tell what part I was even working on. Crazy.
But the good news is that it knits up very quickly with chunky yarn and size 11 needles so even if you have to make it three times it's not an overly long project.
The only question left is: Does it make me look like Grover?
And speaking of knitting, I was sent Natural Nursery Knits by Erica Knight to review. I get a lot of craft books and while the majority are only moderately good some of them, like this one, get me excited.
The patterns are gorgeous--and by that I mean that they have a soft look of vintage love rather than the sometimes garishness of looking overly handmade. The illustrations are beautiful and I'd love to try this hat on the cover one of the pairs of booties.
I haven't yet tried any of the patterns but now that I'm finished with my sweater I'm wide open for new projects.
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