This little man is pretty charming. He is charming me into knitting bundles of sweaters and vests for him when in reality, a Brisbane winter may require a sweater for say, Oh.... 3 weeks! None the less, I adore making him gorgeous li'l old man sweaters for the cooler mornings, despite their rarity.
I wanted to knit a mini version of the cable sweater I knit my husband earlier this year, which basically meant using a shawl collar. When I saw "Henry's sweater" on Ravelry, it was an instantanious decision. Top down, easy to knit and four little buttons to boot. So, if you are after a lovely sweater for your little man ( or woman!) here are my thoughts on this pattern.
Pattern: Henry's Sweater
Designer: Sarah Elizabath Kellner
Needles: 4.5 mm, 100cm circular ne
Yarn: Skein DK in Milk Opal
Let me tell you what's good about this pattern: Knitting top down sweaters is such a joy! After recently finishing a sweater for my husband that I had to sew up, I can't explain how quickly this sweater felt to finish up, being that there is no seaming.
That being said, baby clothes are the thing to make for those with a need for smaller projects! The pattern itself is written clearly if not brief. It claims the sweater can be knit in one weekend, but it took me longer!
Extra bits you should know before casting on: Knitting top down sweaters is pretty common these days. Don't be intimidated by circular needles, as a lot of new knitters have told me they are. It's actually quite nice having your needles attached at both ends, which is what you will use for this pattern. There are some basic increases you will need to learn to knit the shoulders and decreases for the sleeves. All of them can be found very easily on your favourite tutorial sites. You will also need to know how to Cast on, pick up stitches, make a basic button hole, and cast off (using a K2tog, slip back to the left needle method). Also important to note on Ravelry the designer has pointed out that the pattern knits up a little larger (age-wise) than sizes indicate. To avoid my sweater being too large, I used a DK weight yarn and swatch tested before I started.
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