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A Wallaby for Hannah

Posted by Janis on November 3, 2007

On the knitting front, I finished my niece’s “Wonderful Wallaby” this week — washed, blocked, dry, and in its bag till Christmas. So many people have knit this pattern, I hope I don’t repeat all previous comments. Bear with me…

Specs first: This is a size 8 – finished chest about 30″, knit in Noro Kureyon 102, took just a smidge less than 7 skeins to finish. Knit on #6’s for the ribbing and #8’s for the body. wallaby.jpg

1) There’s a reason this is a such a popular pattern — it’s well-written and very easy & quick to knit up. I love knitting sweaters in the round and avoiding all that finishing whenever possible, and this is a perfect example of that kind of knitting.

2) Picking up the stitches and knitting the pouch on is quite satisfying.

3) I really like the raglan decreases on this sweater.

4) Making it in a self-striping yarn did not work out as well as I had anticipated. Why? Because dumbass that I am, I didn’t take into account that the stripes would be different widths on the body, sleeves, pouch, and hood. I knew I could match up stripes from knitting self-striping socks, but didn’t even stop to think about the different circumferences of the pieces affecting the width of the stripes. DUH! So it’s kind of a Wonky Wallaby instead of a Wonderful one, alas!

5) I switched the hood finishing from the prescribed Kitchener (which I also love) to a three-needle bind-off and am very pleased with that little modification. I’m pretty sure I must have read about someone else doing this before me, but I can’t seem to find it to cite the source.

6) The underarm seaming was a bit, well, unseemly. (Pun intended.) I think the stitches are so tight when you join the sleeves and body that the stitches adjacent to those grafted together have been stretched. I sewed it up fairly neatly with yarn and a tapestry needle, but ugh – wonder if this can be avoided next time?

Here’s a close-up of the shoulder seam and hood, my favorite parts:

wallabydetail.jpgIn other knitting news, I cast on a sweater for my Dad for Christmas. I was working on an original design, but chickened out at the last minute and decided to do the Charcoal Rib Cardigan by Kate Kuckro in last year’s IK Holiday Knits. I’m doing it in Rowan Yorkshire Tweed (worsted), and I think it’ll be very nice. No stripes to match.

Other than that project, my Hanami has been on hold for a month now, after an auspicious start. I haven’t had the kind of quiet, focused time necessary to work on a lace project, but I miss it. (Hear that, little shawl-in-progress? You are missed.) I may not get back to it till after the holidays. I’m trying to sort out who gets knitting this year, but I can’t really share those musings here, as someone might be snooping reading…


4 Responses to “A Wallaby for Hannah”

  1. Rachele said

    I just bought a little girl’s poncho yesterday knit out of exactly the same colorway of Kureyon! It’s so cute! I think you did a great job with it, and it’s fine that the stripes are different widths!

  2. I love the sweater – and I don’t think it matters at all that the stripes are different widths! I really like the effect! Great job! 🙂


  3. Janis said

    Thank you for the affirmation on the stripe width — now I won’t be so nervous giving it to her!

  4. Think of it as Organic Striping.

    Organic = Good, right?

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