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Turtle Power!

April 18, 2013

Photo © Throughtheloops

As has been evidenced by my recent baby knitting, my friends and family members are either choosing to be surprised or are having boys. Naturally, I’m delighted for each and every one of them, but this is why all my knits have had similar unisex palettes lately. Sometimes what we want to knit and what we must knit don’t necessarily align. I wanted to cast on something girlie, swingy, with playful little details, so when Kirsten Kapur previewed Turtle Pond, I knew it would be the quick-knitting bender I needed to satiate my girlie sweater need and get me out of that unisex color slump!

My version of Turtle Pond

Loved it! Just loved knitting it. I made the smallest size (two-hank wonder!) and it practically dripped off my needles. There are a few special things to note about this great skill-building pattern, which has been added to my “Possible Baby Shower Gift” pattern list.

First, the construction is simple and clear. If you’ve ever wondered about bottom-up construction with sleeves worked separately but joined to the body for yoke construction, this sweater has it all in a tiny, unintimidating package. When it comes time to try making a sweater this style for me, I won’t feel intimidated or have any questions since I mastered it on this wee scale.

Sweater innards

Next, if you are fearful of stranded knitting, this sweater (smallest size) has only three rows of colorwork (plus a few rounds for the sleeves). Ultra simple! It’s a good way to get your feet wet without a huge commitment. Get the feel for tensioning floats without feeling like the project will never end!

Lastly, buttons! I love shopping for them, love stashing them, love finding just the right button for the right project. Buttons can make or break a garment, and that was the hangup for me on this project… I couldn’t get it just right. My cardigan was done: ends woven in, underarm grafted, blocked! But, at the same time, not done… no buttons. Some weren’t the right green, some were too overwhelming. I even found turtle buttons (because I love turtles, too), but they weren’t cute because the face wasn’t quite right. I didn’t have the sweater with me when I saw these large purple buttons, but I grabbed them on a hunch! They are a touch too big, but they really pull the whole sweater together.

Girlie sweater needs… check! Becoming a confident bottom-up sweater knitter… check! Practice with colorwork… check! Fun button details… check!

No wonder I loved this sweater!!!

The Details

Pattern: Turtle Pond
Designer: Kirsten Kapur
Size: 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16)
Needles: Size 8 (5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Turtle #7514 and Grape Jelly #7516
This pattern can be found on Ravelry. (I made absolutely no modifications!)

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