Winter is here! It's only half way into November, but we already got lots of snow and a very frigid - 17 degrees Celsius! That's just way to early - even for this place (Southern Ontario). It's sweater weather for sure! Some time ago, I made a neat sweater for my DD with a leaf motif. For some reason, it was a slow and stubborn knit. I kept making mistakes from the very beginning, which meant lots and lots of frogging. Even though the pattern is not that difficult and is generally written well, I just couldn't wrap my brain around it . Rather frustrated, I put it aside for a bit. Consequently, my DD grew out of it before I had a chance to finish it. Soooo... back to frogging it was and back to the beginning to make a bigger size. I am so glad that I usually buy 1-2 extra skeins of yarn than the pattern calls for. Even though this time around it was still slow going, I did manage to make it to the end.
na Etsy tutaj (w wersji angielskiej i rosyjskiej), lub na Ravelry. Chociaz jest to wzor dla dzieci, to jednak mozna go troszke zmienic tak, aby pasowal na osobe dorosla. W moim przypadku (bo sweter corki wchodzi na mnie bez problemu na szerokosc, z tym, ze mam troszke wiecej kraglosci, wiec i wyglada bardziej kobieco, ale nie jest zbyt obcisly), jak juz wspomnialam, uzylam troszke grubszych drutow, troszeczke grubszej wloczki niz w oryginale, oraz instrukcji na najwiekszy rozmiar (czyli na dziecko 14-to letnie). I gdybym robila go dla siebie, to bym przedluzyla troszke rekawy, oraz caly sweter. Jesli chodzi o wloczke, to najlepsze rezultaty osiagniemy uzywajac welny owczej albo alpaki (lub ich domieszek). Osobiscie, zdecydowalam sie jednak na akryl (Willow Wash Worsted), poniewaz chcialam miec mozliwosc prania w pralce bez obawy o to, ze mi sie sweter sfilcuje. Jak na razie wloczka sprawuje sie dobrze i prawie wogole sie nie mechaci. Jest ona bardzo miekka i bardzo leciutko polyskliwa.
The pattern's official name is Beleaf Me. It was designed by Ekaterina Fillippova-Blanchard, and can be purchased either on Etsy here, or via Ravelry. Even though it is written for children, you can alter it somewhat to fit an adult. In my case (my DD's sweater does fit me, even though I am more curvy and look more feminine, but it's not overly tight or body hugging on me), I made the largest size, in a slightly thicker yarn, and on larger needles. If I was going to make it for myself, I would make the sleeves and the sweater body longer. When it comes to yarn choice, I think that wool or alpaca would produce the nicest results. I decided to go with Willow Wash Worsted acrylic, because I wanted to have the ability to just throw the sweater in a washing machine and not worry about felting. So far, the yarn is performing well and doesn't pill much. It is also quite soft and has the tiniest amount of sheen to it.
And that is it in a nutshell. Sending heartfelt greetings to everyone. I wish you a lovely and warm day.