hearts, finished

Hi there.  I finished the heart sweater for Maggie.

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I feel like a knitting Superwoman, because it turned out just exactly how I envisioned it.  Perfect in (nearly) every way.

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I hesitate to point out the imperfect things, but I will for posterity.  The sleeves could use about 8 more sts at the top.  They are very snug, and I need to manhandle them to get her arms through.

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The other thing is that I don’t think she’s really keen on that turtleneck.  Unfortunately for her, it’s not about what she thinks.  It’s about what I think and I think it’s awesome.

On to the perfect things.

I had an intense level of patience with this knit.  I ripped it back in various spots four (five, maybe?) times; I’m proud of myself for sticking with it for all that knitting, ripping, reknitting, reripping.  I really wanted to see this little thing through to completion.

The colors!  I love the bright hearts, and I love how the color changes produce wide stripes.  I hadn’t expected that.  Funny thing about the colors – the yarn store only stocks these bright hues.  I bought one of each (and a bunch of heather brown) and went to town.

The fit is slim, but long enough that maybe she’ll wear it next year?  With the tight sleeves, maybe not.  Kids have big bellies and teeny tiny arms.  I’m hopeful.

Sometimes yoke sweaters pucker, and although I accept that (see October sweater – slight puckering) I was really pleased that the puckers are non-existent here.  I wish I had a better idea of why the yoke is so flat.  Perhaps because the first decrease is placed so soon after joining?  I will be experimenting with this idea.

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I am writing the pattern; other folks are loving this sweater as much as I do.  The pattern will include sleeves that aren’t too snug, but I’m not doing anything about that turtleneck.  It is much too cool.  I’m considering including adult sizes.  Any interest in that?

Check it on Ravelry (my project).
Queue it on Ravelry (the pattern page, for when it’s ready).

(Just a thought on that pic of Maggie running.  I love it more than most any picture I have taken of her, ever.  It’s funny, because you can’t see her face.  But I think it’s because it really, really shows my true Maggie: running, exuberant, messy hair.  I heart you, baby.)

33 thoughts on “hearts, finished

  1. You ARE a superknit woman! :)

    Yes would be VERY much interested in the pattern kid/adult version and the turtleneck definitely stays!! I really like that 1st pic with the close up of the turtleneck :)

    Great knit/design job Mandy!!

  2. I have two girls (3 and 1) and I’m constantly knitting for them! This would be the perfect sweater for this coming fall! Yes yes yes, write the pattern! I would make myself one as well! :)

  3. Speechless. It is so wonderful, the photos are adorable and the fact that you mostly just designed as you went makes it even better. If colorwork did not seem so menacing (or I had a good tutor 😉 ), I might try it!

  4. This is an AWESOME sweater!!! How special and awesome that you designed it yourself… this sweater reminds me so much of a plastic rainbow heart necklace I had when I was six. The sweater just LOOKS like happy childhood!

  5. the sweater is so beautiful. I love it. I have a daughter who would love it as well. I’ve not done much stranded knitting though. Is it hard? Maybe your pattern would be easy on us unprofessional knitters. :)

  6. Wow. Stunning! And Mags is growing up so nicely, too. You have the best knitting imagination around, Mandy. This sweater is way cool. I’d totally make one for Mia. (pls for bigger girl sizes?)

  7. this is an adorable sweater, mandy. just so bright and childish and perfect for a little girl. i understand why you like the last picture. it is very very nice.

  8. THat has got to be the CUTEST sweater ever! I so wish I had a little girl I could knit this for. Alas God blessed me with a boy….maybe someday…I’ll keep this sweater in mind!

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  10. Hi There! Popping over from Sew Mama Sew and I just have to say that is a fantastic sweater! Nicely done, and your girl like so awesome in it!

  11. I’m too coming over from Sew Mama Sew and I absolutely love the sweater! I can’t wait to make this for my little girl! Great work!

  12. this is soo utterly adorable. LOVE IT!

    I think an adult version would rock too, but maybe with just hearts at the yoke?

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