Friday, January 9, 2009

The Christmas Knits

I'm quite happy to report that both girls are very happy with their Christmas knits. Bonus points to the Princess, who wears hers all of the time, and is now knitting a scarf to go with her sweater from the leftover yarn.

First up - action shots of the hats!
Sunflower Tam by Norah Gaughan - Knitting Nature
Dream In Color Classy - Cool Fire for my Princess and Visual Purple for the Pixie, approximately 40-45 grams/hat
Needles - Addi Turbo US 6 and 7, old metal double points US 7
Princess - November 23 - 25, 2008
Pixie - November 24 - 26, 2008
No modifications as the pattern was perfect as is!

Even better - the Christmas Sweaters!

Knit Picks Gloss in pumpkin - 3 1/2 skeins
Addi Turbo - 3.0 mm (US 2.5)
May 24 - December 24, 2008
notes: I made the largest size, to be sure of a good fit. For the body I eliminated the seams and worked it in the round up to the sleeve shaping and then back and forth to the top. I would like to have done the same with the sleeves, but the rather unique shoulder construction made that impossible. I do like the cross-over shoulders, but they are much more appropriate for a smaller child. Had I to do it over again, I would have done a more standard neckline. I also wouldn't have let it languish on the needles so long!

February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne - inspired by the great Elizabeth Zimmermann
November 27 - December 12, 2008
Mods: I dropped the needle size to a 6, which is what is recommended for the yarn, in order to make an adult sized sweater fit a child. I then chose to work with the XS size (not the smallest size available) - in lengths appropriate to a child - in order to make it big enough to last for a couple of years. I did blindfold the Princess once to try it on to check the fit. She thought it was hilarious, and I knew the sweater would fit that way!


Bonnie said...

Looks like the models were having fun at their photo shoot! The DIC colors are just perfect for little girls.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Your daughters are of course the MOST adorable thing...I love the colors you chose. The sweater designs are fabulous, too!

Margene said...

They look so darling in their new knits! Good work on it all.