I cast this on at 11:30 yesterday morning . . . worked on it idly during the day while working and doing some intense housecleaning . . . and was all but completely done at 9:30. I admit, even I was shocked.
This is the yarn I mentioned having bought in the last post, the yarn that Penelope swore would get me a full February Baby Sweater. For some reason I decided the Child’s Placket Pullover would use less yarn—or, at the very least, it offered a lot of small sizing options. Plus Rachel‘s knit a thousand of them and it looks cute; I’d made a Feb Baby before.
In order to maximize the yarn, I knit the body as directed, then instead of pausing to work the sleeves, I did a provisional (crochet) cast-on for the number of stitches the sleeves would have been, and worked the yoke as directed.
Then I went back and knit the sleeves from the top down, working the decreases at about the rate that the pattern calls for increasing. I knit the sleeves at the same time so that I could knit until I ran out of yarn. In truth, I ended up with a small pile of yarn left so I went back after that picture above was taken and lengthened the sleeves, each by about 10 rows (it’s so hard to estimate yarn!). I may have been able to get a little more out of the skein, in fact, but I was done jiggering. In the end, the sweater matches the pattern measurements almost exactly, so I could have just knit it as written and been fine.
Um, was I supposed to put in butonholes? Eh, it’ll just be an open collar for this little boy. It grew a bit upon blocking, but that’s all for the better, because now I can be sure the baby will fit in it. If I were to do another out of one skein of Cascade 220 (and at $10 a skein and just 6 hours of knitting, this is a really economical gift!), I’ll add some length to the body and maybe take a few rows off the sleeves.
Now I’m now more than ready for the upcoming baby boy of the person for whom I originally knit the Baby Surprise Jacket. I was worried I wouldn’t be done in time for the shower—in August. Hm, now what?