Back in September I contributed an offer to knit a child’s sweater to the school auction. The winner was the president of the parent-teacher association, a lovely woman who does a great deal for the school, and she’s a knitter herself, so I pulled out all the stops. I was in the mood for colorwork and thought of Jared Flood’s Atlas design, but it’s written for fingering weight. The small nephew who’s getting the sweater lives in the frozen midwest, so we decided something heftier would be appropriate. I opted for Védís Jónsdóttir’s Kambur pullover as a good substitute. I’d just make it a cardigan by adding a steek. I can’t remember why I decided I’d also flip it upside down and work the yoke first… I must really have been jonesing for the colorwork. Anyway, it’s a Kambur Inversion and I finished it at the turn of the year. Our Jolly modeled it for me.
In case you can’t tell, my boy quite likes modeling and he’s a bit of a clown. I should have just shot video; these are stills from a spontaneous boogie as he worked it for the camera in the parking lot outside his sister’s ballet class. I had to make him take the zipper out of his mouth first. I don’t know what it is with little kids and zippers, but they love them. Definitely the way to go if you can stand the extra work required to install them and finish them prettily. And boy did I finish this sweater prettily. Tubular bind-offs everywhere, including on the collar, which I picked up from a provisional cast-on. Natty applied i-cord edges to cover the zipper. And admire, if you will, this ribbon facing that conceals all the hand-sewing on the zipper itself:
(If you follow me on Instagram (@whistlinggirlknits), you’ve already seen that last shot, but I can’t help reposting it here. I just love the attitude.) Was it a little psycho to go to this painstaking level in the finishing of a garment for a toddler I’m never going to meet? You can say it. I know the answer. But as soon as I saw this ribbon at Bolt, matching the colors and motifs of the sweater so delightfully, I was helpless. And there’s such internal satisfaction to be had in knocking it out of the park even if no one’s watching. (Not that I’m quite so zen as that. I carried it around for a week and made all my local knitting friends coo over it. Plus I get to boast to all twelve of you reading here.)
The yarn is Brown Sheep Naturespun Worsted. I simplified the yoke motif to use only three colors because Twisted didn’t have a fourth shade on hand that I loved with the red and grays. I could happily make another Kambur in an alternate colorway… honey ochre with robin’s egg blue and coral pink and navy, perhaps? In Quince & Co. Lark, which I somehow still haven’t tried? Maybe just a pullover, though. I’m not sure my zipper mojo is back at full potency quite yet.
I love this! Nature Spun is one of my faves. I didn’t realize Twisted sold the worsted. Absolutely beautiful work, including the special touches!
I really liked knitting with the NatureSpun — except the part where I tried to spit-splice it. Yuck! It says it’s moth proofed and I sure wouldn’t take a bite if I were a moth. So I wish they’d quit dousing it in lord knows what chemicals. But I liked everything else about it.
Beautiful garment, sassy model and a very lucky toddler!
That sweater is definitely a show stopper. Great model too.
Oh my goodness how handsome–both the sweater and Jolly! Beautiful work.
What a wonderful sweater–and great model!
Beautiful work – and I love “knocking it out of the park even if no one is looking” – well done!
Who knows how quickly he’ll grow out of it, but maybe this little story will help. I recently put a lovely yoked colourwork pullover on my 3yo… variations of blue, fits him perfectly and it looked so handsome on him. I couldn’t remember who had handed it down to me until a close friend stepped forward and said that not only had it been hers when she was little (over 25 years ago), but it’s since been worn by 3 other children! That sweater is still going strong and I’m sure our other little dude will wear it when he gets to that age, and then we’ll pass it along as well. So, there you go!
I reckon there are more than twelve of us. And if there isn’t there ought to be. Your writing and your knitting are superb, as always!
Where’s the ‘agree’ button? to all of the above 🙂
I just found a free pattern of yours on Ravelry that I’m going to use for one of my friends son. I love your site! I’ll try and post a picture of the sweater when I’m done. Thanks!
Jolyon is so cute! If you can install zippers so nicely, I say zippered cardigans all the way!
I love it. I would make it for either my son or daughter. It’s beautiful and beautifully finished!
Hah a few more than 12 surely 😛 Lovely knitting and writing, as always, a delight.
Make that 13 readers, at the very, very least! I love this sweater and the snaps of Jolly. But, in the hats-off-to-you department, I have to add heaps of admiration for the embedded braid on the inside of the cardi. Nothing says quality quite like the hidden luxury. As a fellow connoisseur of the silent stitch, I applaud your going the distance with your fine finishing. I follow you and your work and it gives me joy. My best to you and Adam and the children, as always.