The project: Wonderful Wallaby by Cottage Creations.
The yarn: Cascade 220.
The needles: US 8 for body, US 6 for ribbing.
The beginning: February 18, 2007
The end: March 1, 2007
Oh my gosh. You know the feeling of knitting something so satisfying that it becomes sad to finish? I’m sad that I have finished this sweater. I’ve been surprisingly monogamous with my knitting projects and the reason for this is unknown, because I used to have cast-it-on-itis. I guess that I used to stop knitting on a project if I hit a bump, or if there was something to figure out, or if I was bored with it. Now, with only one project at a time, I’m forcing myself to get through those rough spots. The worst part is that when I’m done I’ve got nothing to pick up and get knitting on. It’s like a mini slump.
So the Wallaby is finished and I’ve started a hat with the leftover yarn, but I’m feeling lonely without another big go-to project. Something else will come along.
I made some modifications, most notably with the pocket. You can see why I’ve been calling it the Wallasaurus all along. It’s a t-rex! And it says “DINO.” This was my very very first try at intarsia, so I can officially check that off the list of things to try this year (other things to try: a sweater for ME, mittens, steeks, lace, etc.).
To make the dino, I used Excel to chart the pocket, then drew the dino on my chart (with a pencil), then just transferred my drawing into excel by filling in the boxes where I drew. Does that make sense? I knew that I wouldn’t be able to fit the picture if I followed the pocket decreases as written in the pattern, so I adjusted by decreasing only every fourth row. I started with 58 pocket stitches, and ended with 40 pocket stitches (the pattern as written decreases to 28 sts).
For the sleeves, I started with a few more stitches than the pattern called for. I have no idea why I did this, other than maybe I thought the sleeves on Mag’s Wallaby were a bit too snug. It all worked out fine in the end. Also, I used 2×2 ribbing rather than 1×1 ribbing because my ribbing looks wonky when it’s 1×1.
I made a mistake with my green edge on the sleeves. You can see it clearly here – there’s an extra row on green on the right sleeve.
This is not something that keeps me up nights. I noticed only after both sleeves were completely finished. Let me ask you this. Will anyone ever notice??? If they do, props to them for their mad noticing skillz.
Another change I made was to the decreasing for the yoke. Instead of leaving two knit stitches between the decreases (dec, k1, sl m, k1, dec), I decreased at either side of the marker (dec, sl m, dec). I like the narrower decrease line that this makes. You can see it from the back:
Neat and tidy, right?
Okay, one more small change. When it came time to do the neck ribbing, I switched back to smaller needles to try and snug it up a bit around his neck. It worked well, and although it did change the guage on the garter stitch border for a few rows, it’s hardly noticeable (again, props to any noticer on that one).
…and to enjoy my Mag. She turns ONE today!
Happy Birthday Baby.