Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wonderful Wallaby

 One of my sister's friends showed me a finished Wonderful Wallaby in early June, and I knew I had to make one. It is a seamless sweater, but does require some interesting maneuvers; thus, the difficulty level of "Early Intermediate."

As directed by the pattern, I knit the cuffs and bottom ribbing on a 24-inch, size 6 needle and the remainder of the sweater on a 24-inch, size 8 circular. The sleeves were knit in the round on two 16-inch, size 6 (cuffs) and size 8 needles, but double-points could be used. During the yoke decreases, I switched to a 16-inch, size 8 needle.

 The pouch has an interesting construction, picking up stitches just above the bottom ribbing and knitting on a separate needle and then a three-needle bind-off to connect it to the body of the sweater.

 The hood requires grafting with the Kitchner stitch. I use the technique all the time for grafting sock toes that are knit with stockinette stitch, but I had to practice the Kitchner for the hood's garter stitch edge.

Kitchner is also used to graft six stitches at the bottom of the sleeve to six stitches on the sweater body.

The Wonderful Wallaby that I knit is a size 2, and it required 8.5 ounces of Plymouth Encore, given to me by Rena. The sweater will be donated to Wool-Aid.

The pattern includes sizes 2 - 12 in a booklet form. In places, the wording in the pattern is a bit confusing, but after some trial and error, I was able to decipher what was meant. A second sweater will be much easier to knit.

10 comments:

  1. Cute! I've made that sweater before and had fun doing it. I've often thought I should make one for myself.

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  2. I can see why you had to make one! Too cute.

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  3. I used to have that pattern... I won it at a knitting retreat, but someone else REALLY wanted it and couldn't find a copy, so I mailed it away...

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  4. Really cute sweater! I would be so confused with all the needle changes, and stitch changes, etc. Guess I'll just stick with socks... very few surprises there!

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  5. Such a cute sweater! I need to use Kitchener Stitch more often. I always forget how to do it between uses.

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  6. It is just gorgeous! I love that it will keep some little one so warm and toasty!

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  7. Okay... I want one of those! That is beautiful!!...

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  8. Isn't it a great pattern? I just love it. Made six of them for my little nieces and nephews. Still think I should make one for myself. I think you've inspired me to cast on for another WW.

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