I’ve crocheted many sweaters and cardigans in my yarnie lifetime, but never knit any, until now. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, as both of my grandmother’s always knit sweaters for me, my brother and my cousins. But it’s always felt daunting. I have fears of all of my stitches falling off the needles, or missing stitches, and having to start over again because I don’t have the skill to frog knitting back to my mistakes (and lets face it, a sweater takes a bit more work than a sock, or a hat!). But now that I’ve knit my first sweater I feel more confident in my knitting skills. In fact, I’ve already begun knitting another sweater! (I’m also in the middle of crocheting a sweater for my husband…can never have too many projects on the go, right? Lol)
This first sweater I made for my daughter, Olivia. She will be 3 years old at the end of next month. She’s in the top percentile for height and weight, so I made her sweater larger than what the average 3 year old would wear. Plus, I wanted her to be able to wear her sweater for more than one winter. So I made her a size 6.
The pattern is Child’s Knit Crewneck Pullover from Yarnspirations and is available in kids sizes 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. It uses Caron Simply Soft yarn, and 4.5 mm and 5 mm straight needles. It is made flat, and once all pieces are made (front, back and sleeves) it is then sewn together. If you are not a fan of sewing seams, then this pattern probably isn’t for you (I’m not a fan of sewing, so my next knit sweater is being made in the round!). However, it’s a really straightforward and easy pattern to follow, and even the seaming together isn’t as bad as I might’ve made it sound, lol.
Here is my finished sweater, with my lovely daughter Olivia modeling it. I used Caron Simply Soft Stripes, 3 skeins, in the color Jersey Shore.
I am extremely happy with how this sweater turned out, and I’ll treasure it forever 💞