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Room to grow

I started in on O's Trellis this week. So far I've got the back finished.

TrellisBack.jpg

The goal was to come up with a sweater to fit a 6-9 month old baby. I decided to follow the directions for the 12 month size because a) the yarn I'm using (Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Aran) has a slightly smaller gauge than the required yarn, and b) I'm a tight knitter. Anyway, I figured that this would produce something in the 6-9 month size range.

Oh, and another thing. This is one of those patterns that gives you the gauge over the pattern stitch. So in order to find out if I was getting gauge I either had to a) do a patterned swatch or b) just cast on for the whole thing and hope that things worked out.

I cast on for the entire back in the 12 month size. After I got a couple inches in, things were looking pretty hugely gigantic. So I cast on for the 6 month size and worked an entire pattern repeat before I noticed that things were looking way too small. So I picked up the 12 month size again. After I'd worked a bit more I noticed that the cables were drawing the stitches in nicely and things were looking spot on for a 9 month size. So I happily finished the back and blocked it. Guess what size it is now? Yup. 12 months. Exactly. Bah.

TrellisSwatch.jpg
Two very large swatches

The moral of the story? Block yer swatches, matey. My solution? I squnched up the back a bit so that it will dry narrower. I figure she can just grow into it. Think it'll work?

Comments

You're a machine! It's looking lovely. I never really stress over the size of baby garments just because you know they will grow into them. I never want to knit something exactly their size in case they're already to big for it or they only get to wear it once. I love that color! Don't forget to take breaks!

As a mother of three, I can tell you that the larger sizes are much appreciated. Babies grow so fast that the tiny clothing was never worn all that much before they were on to the next size. As far as sweaters go, the bigger the better. Pretty pattern!

It's just beautiful! I love it. I think knitting a bigger size is a great idea because then they can drool over it and have months of anticipation before the baby can wear it.

Wow are you fast! Trellis looks beautiful and Matchmaker Aran looks like such a nice yarn!

I love the sweater "Trellis", but I am worried it will take me too long to knit all that cable. If I knit the sweater in stocknette st with the seed st border how do I alter the number of st for the size? Can you help me?