I’m so thankful to have had this cheerful little sweater to work on the past few weeks. I always like to make Alice a spring sweater and this one turned out so great. The pattern, Granny’s Favourite, designed by Georgie Nicolson, is a wonderful pattern. I love it when a wide range of sizes and options are included- Alice has aged out of many of the toddler patterns I’ve used over the years but this pattern will last for some time to come.
I knit this with about 2 1/2 skeins of Quince and Co. Chickadee in the “Shell” color. I love Quince and Co. yarns so much- they are soft but sturdy, and they are so nice and crisp when knit up. And the colors! Ah! Alice chose this color herself, but I heartily approved.
I used the 23 inch chest size for Alice (I believe that was suggested for age 2 or 3) but used the dress length guide for the 5 year size. It fits just as I hoped it would- Alice is fairly petite and doesn’t like things overly large. If I were to make it again, however, I think I would either make the sleeves 3/4 length or short. I went for elbow length, which I think is adorable, but I can tell by her tugging on the sleeves that Alice would be a bit more comfortable if the sleeves hit at a different spot. Still, I know that in a few months it will fit differently, so I’m not overly concerned.
Alice instantly dribbled clementine juice all down the front, and there’s no nursery school or church or storytime to wear it to, but it will keep her shoulders warm and adorable and comfy, and that’s what matters most.