Over the years I’ve gone through phases- for a while I was a shawl knitter, then I was a sock knitter. Now, I’m a sweater knitter. Every once in a while I bang out a hat or a pair of mitts, but mostly, I knit sweaters.
Which is great! I’m always warm, my family is warm (sometimes too warm), and I have a big pile of hand-knit sweaters that I really love. I’m a happy camper.
But the problem with being a sweater knitter is that everything I make takes forever. (Especially when I’m knitting sweaters as my “fun” knitting to break up the monotony of blanket knitting.) I’ve been feeling a little down about my knitting lately- less excited about the projects that are on my needles and more tempted to just scroll through Facebook on my phone in the evenings. So, what’s a sweater knitter to do, when she wants a fun, quick, project that she can finish in a couple days?
A baby sweater, that’s what. (OK, really, it’s a toddler sweater, but still.)
I had some Provincial Tweed in Candy Apple leftover from my Hurricane Ridge prototype. It’s subtly shiny, has a deep, rich color, and is machine washable(!!!), so it’s perfect for a little sweater for my little guy. I love him in red- it’s so flattering on him, with his bright blue eyes and pink cheeks. Plus, I have 2 and a half skeins- just enough for a baby sweater!
So, I dug around on Ravelry for about five minutes, until I saw a pattern that I’d been meaning to try for a while- Tin Can Knits’ Flax Light. It’s so cute, and such a practical little sweater for a toddler (or anyone, really… I might end up making one for everyone in the family). It’s a simple, top-down raglan with nice garter detailing up the sleeves. Such a great everyday sweater!
I’m not even bothering to make a swatch. I figure I’ve picked a size that’s big enough that the kid will grow into it eventually, even if my gauge is way off. Talk about low-stress knitting!
Well, I’m off to cast on, while I still have a few minutes before naptime is over.
What do you do for a “fun” project?