Despite Wyatt's best efforts to keep it for his very own, it eventually became this:
Bubble Pullover from Knitting Nature, smallest size (sort of), Henry's Attic Texas, handdyed by me with 30+ packets of Koolaid, #5 denise circs/addi turbos/knitpicks circs, and #3 addi turbos for the ribbing.
i had to dye the yarn twice, as i didn't really know what i was doing. i think i used blue lemonade of some sort and a couple packets of grape thrown in for good measure. the sweater STILL smells faintly like koolaid. it's pretty nauseating, and i hope it goes away soon. i really like the way the colors turned out. the yarn is pretty scratchy. fortunately, i'm not very itch sensitive. it isn't terrible, but i'm not going to run out for more of this yarn anytime soon.
Notes on adjustments: the smallest size as written would've produced a sweater with a 46" chest. (the sweater's smallest size was to fit a 36" chest but the finished sweater has TEN INCHES OF EASE!) i really liked the sweater in the book, but that size would just not work for me. i made a swatch and did the math and decided to knit the pattern using a DK weight yarn. (i believe that Henry's Attic Texas is listed as a worsted weight, but it isn't) i also knit the sleeves in the round and knit the collar ribbing to 7.5 inches. i cheated on the buttons as well and only sewed one button on the collar even though there are 3 buttonholes. my reasoning was that the other two would never show as the collar folds down, so there was no point in sewing on non-functional and invisible buttons.
i sweated the sizing the entire way. the construction of the sweater makes it really hard to judge how it is going to fit. to make this more clear, i tried on the sweater with just the pentagons together and thought it'd be too big. then i knit the welt ribbing and thought it'd be too small. this continued through the sleeve seams and the collar ribbing. before blocking, i thought i'd had a terrible failure.
but blocking truly is magic. i stretched it to the correct dimensions, and the fit is now as close to perfect as it can be. to be honest, one armhole is still a little tight, but i think that was a blocking snafu, as the other one is fine. the fit of the sweater is exactly how i'd imagined i'd wanted it to be when i first saw the sweater in the book. i feel a lot more confident now about resizing patterns. i think i could do it again.
one last thing. remember the first photo, when wyatt claimed the yarn as his own? yeah, that hasn't changed much.
the picture with his little pink tongue proves that he really does drool on my sweaters. wearing the sweater is like insta-kitty-attention. i don't know what the attraction is, but he absolutely loves it.
and so do i.
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