Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Knitting: Sailor Blue Sweater for Scarlett

When I was a little girl my grandmother knit for me a navy blue cardigan. It had a matching hat with white angora trim and my initials on the chest. I found it in a box of childhood things last year. The combination of dark blue and white reminds me of snowflakes. It's not very often you see children in dark colors, like this blue, but I thought it looked beautiful on Scarlett and I've been wanting to knit her one similar since. 


So here it is. A sailor-blue cardigan sweater for Scarlett.


Scarlett really doesn't seem to mind wearing her older sister's sweaters, but she seemed a little bit excited that I was working on something for her. "Me? Me?!" she asked repeatedly. And she cuddled up with it as soon as it was sewn together. I had to take it away from her to block it.

This is a Lion Brand pattern I've used before. I love it. It's such a classic look, though the single button is a nice update, and more practical for my girls really. And, it calls for a worsted weight yarn, which means is project that goes rather quickly. That makes me happy.



The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Sailor. Great color! I was a bit apprehensive about using a yarn with Modal but it worked up nicely. We'll see how it wears. Scarlett thinks it wears just fine, of course! I think it's a gorgeous color with her dark brown eyes.


I also love the button I found. A new (to me) line, Dritz "Belle Buttons." JoAnn carried a bunch that were more than the ordinary fare. This one is a great variegated blue (Item #BB370).

To be honest, I was hoping to have this sweater finished for Scarlett to wear last Fall, but it didn't make it to the top of the list, and she had plenty to wear. Spring is just as good I think. I'm going to make her a skirt to wear with it. And I have fabric for a coordinating Fall skirt as well. The sweater is roomy enough I'm hoping it will fit for a few seasons.



10 comments:

luvinthemommyhood said...

Awwww... so precious and the sweater too :P

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Susan @ Living with Punks said...

Darling! The sailor blue is so vibrant. Nice choice.
And what a treasure to have the one your grandma made for you too!

Jess said...

what a pretty sweater for a pretty girl! So cute how excited she was about it!

emerson-j said...

u r so talented, i envy ur knitting skills!! u have a beautiful family....

Tonya said...

A beautiful sweater for a beautiful little girl. You are a marvelous mother!

Neicee said...

Love it! Soo pretty! I printed that sweater out to knit for my granddaughter..It does have a classic look.

Paula Jestings said...

You do beautiful work...and those pretty, pretty children! I like the navy blue ~ I can remember the first time I put my first born in navy (she was an infant) ~ my poor mother almost had a heart attack! But that goes back 20 some years and we are putting little ones in so many beautiful colors these days. Love to see it! (I just received my first yarn from Knit Picks - I can't wait to try it!) Thanks for sharing your latest creation.

Jennifer said...

Oh, how I love unexpected colors on little girls -- and this is just perfect for Scarlett! The pattern is gorgeous; love the contrast in textures. And how wonderful that you saved the sweater your grandmother knit! Such a sweet memory and reminder of why it's so important to carry on traditions...

tasha said...

i love it so much!! your daughters are so lucky to have such a talented mommy. i love that navy blue on scarlett....she just looks beautiful in it.

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