Friday, February 15, 2013

too big, but done


I just finished sewing in the ends on the shawl collar baby sweater! Thanks everyone for your feedback ... after trying it on baby boy, I decided my more polo-style collar looked really cute! So no frogging for me ... the bad news however, was that the sweater ended up being humongous. So I'll be saving this one for next winter ... I haven't knit that many sweaters for my own kids, and I'm slowly learning the lesson that knit pattern sizes are in no shape or form equivalent to purchased clothing sizes. Sigh. For example, baby boy is wearing 12 month sized clothing now at nearly 9 months old ... and I fully expect we'll be moving into 18 month clothing by the end of spring. So I knit this sweater in 18 month size, so we could get more wear out of it. Actually, I cast on for the 18 month width, and knit for the 12 month length. And this looks like a dress on him! If I had made the 12 month size he still would have had tons of room ... so I'm thinking that knitting pattern sizes correspond more closely to the actual age of the child ... anyone else have these kind of sizing issues with children's knits?

Despite knitting the wrong size, I still love this pattern--I will be happy to finally put this use next year!


7 comments:

  1. ooooh it's lovely. what fantastic colours. Could you make one in my size?? ;)
    xxx

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  2. You're right, this would be an awesome adult-sized sweater!

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  3. Too big is much better than too small. :-D At least she will be able to grow into it. :-D Consider it a head start on next year's knits.

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  4. Yep, I think knitting patterns for kids are oversized no matter who the designer is. Especially Debbie Bliss. I am knitting a Drops pattern right now that has the size at 1-3 months, but the body is knitting to a 22" width. I cannot imagine any 1-3 month old has that size of a chest! Their heads are only 17" at the most, right? But, I will forge on, watching the length compared to the width and determining if I am really making a 12 month instead. LOL. Love the sweater though, too cute!

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  5. Its so cute. Sorry it turned out too big. At least he will have it next for next winter.

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  6. It is lovely. A shame you cant make immediate use of it but nice to have it ready for all of next season. X

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  7. What a great looking sweater. Thanks for the sizing info. I just did my first sweater and made it granddaughter size (its so easy to practice when you make for little ones.LOL) and mine looked HUGE too. Now I will know for the future.

    BTW..I absolutely love the collar!

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