GUYS…. OMG its finished!!! I am so so happy with how this little number turned out! I have been so smitten with my own Tecumsah– which I plan on wearing to Rhinebeck this year- that I decided my little one needed her own. I am by no means that mom who loves to go all matchy matchy with her daughter (there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it’s just not for me!) BUT I cannot deny that I love the Tecumsah pattern so much that I absolutely needed another reason to knit it again.
Most of what I have chosen to knit lately has been out of my stash- so knowing I had just enough left over yarn from my sweater to make one for baby girl was one of the driving factors in proceeding with this sweater. If i had to make changes to accommodate the yardage I had left I was willing to do so. Ultimately, I had to do this. The mustard color yarn I used for the “+” portion I knew I would certainly only have enough for 1 full section. So, i decided to ONLY do 1 full repeat of colorwork at the yoke. This also meant that the most difficult (and critical!) part of grading down the pattern could be done at the neckline and after that i could worry less about the numbers lining up for additional colorwork rows. This also checked off the box of having a matching look for my daughter and I without being identical. The other variation that I did I shortened the sleeves a bit and gave the body a little more swing. The body was a bit of a mistake as I actually had not intended to increase as much as I did but it turned out to be a happy mistake as it gives this a little more character!
Overall, if you cannot already tell I am extremely happy with the way this sweater turned out. It was a wonderful teaching lesson in working out the math needed to complete a top down sweater and I look forward to taking what I have learned from “writing” my own pattern and applying it to some of my own silhouettes and work. One of the best ways to figure out the process is to work backwards from an existing one; it helps let you see what needs to be done from the start to reach that finished object.
Pattern: Tecumsah by Caitlin Hunter; Boylandknitworks
All the best