It's amazing what a difference the details make.
From this (very generic, almost boy-like run of the mill dark red sweater)
Pattern: Arrowhead lace pattern from Nicki Epstein's Knitting Over the Edge (or Beyond the Edge) added to Knitting Pure and Simple's basic Children's Neckdown Pullover.
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Red Wine Heather.
Needles: Addi Turbo's, US 9 for body, US 7 for the edging and neckline.
Things I want to remember.
- I did fewer repeats for the sleeves than I did for the bottom, making a narrower edge.
- The pattern called for a multiple of 10 plus 1. Since I knit it in the round, I could have skipped the plus 1. Since I didn't, one of the repeats has a two-row vertical bar instead of one-row. It's at the side seam, so it's not that noticeable, but I wish I had paid attention sooner than I did (which was after I bound off).
- The sweater ended with 138 stitches, so I knit a transition row on the smaller needles and increased 3 stitches evenly across the bottom edge. I decreased a couple stitches at the sleeves (and forgot to write down how many) on the theory that a closer cuff would be warmer than a looser one, and that the additional give in the lace pattern would still accommodate the widest part of the hand. Since I could get my hand through, I figure it worked.
Don't get me wrong. I love the basic neckdown raglan sleeve child's sweater. It's in the round, so it's mindless. It's worsted weight yarn, so it's fast without looking clunky (an attribute of bulky wools, at least the way I knit them). The call, however, was for a pretty sweater. Basic just wasn't going to cut it.
The sweater is on its way, packed up with the last two pairs of socks The Princess knit. The deadline is the end of the month, so it should get to a4A headquarters in plenty of time.
Don't you just love details?