If there’s a silver lining in having a very, very late spring this year it’s that I get to wear my new sweater! I began this sweater after Peter was born thinking it would be a quick, mindless knit, which it almost was. The pattern is Mary’s Sweater designed by Marianne J. Bjerkman, and is a design I’ve been wanting to make for quite a while. I still love the design, but I have to say that I found the pattern to be a bit lacking.
I never like it when patterns say things like “decrease evenly 112 stitches,” because of course the numbers never quite work out and I really feel like I paid them to do the math for me when I bought the pattern. Unfortunately, this pattern is full of that, and it also tells you to decrease huge numbers on single rows in the yoke, resulting in a ruffly look. I ended up taking the yoke out and then spacing out the decreases over the entire yoke. It’s better now, but the decreases are still a bit obvious in the white band. Ah well. Were I to make this pattern again, I would also add short rows to the back so that the front and back aren’t the exact same height.
I used Drops Big Merino in off white and “forget-me-not.” I’m not usually into superwash merino yarn because it pills and feels a bit too squishy, but I wanted a sweater that would be very baby-friendly. I remembered that when Alice was a baby she used to eat bits of my lopi yoke sweater and that it would irritate her cheek if she fell asleep while I was carrying her, so I chose something really cozy this time. When I blocked the sweater it grew by several inches, but I was prepared for that, having read on ravelry that this yarn really needs to be machine dried as well. After a tumble in the dryer it came out the perfect size.
I think it turned out to be just the right sort of thing to knit in the sleepy months after having a baby, and I know I’ll enjoy wearing it because I’ve already worn it two days in a row.
I’ve already blocked my swatch for my next project, which I think will be even easier than this one. I expect I’m going to want to make something that requires a bit more concentration someday soon, but not quite yet!