Monday, December 13, 2010


This is my friend Marnie's 3 year old daughter, Stevie:

(thank you Marnie for taking these pictures for me!)

pattern: Roo by Kate Gilbert (I find Stevie even kind of looks like the girl in the pattern photos!)
yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Old Gold (this was discontinued and all went on sale a while back so I bought a boatload of it!)
needles: 4.5 mm
size: 22"

She's a cutie --of that there is no doubt! But she's retrospect I likely should have made her the 24" size, cuz it looks like it just fits her. (I guess it's a good thing wool is so stretchy, and sometimes around that age they start to stretch and lose their little kid bellies, so who knows she may still get some wear out of it next year). But then what the hell do I know about kids?--how to knit for them, but that's pretty much it...

I love all of Kate Gilbert's patterns, they seem to be very well written, but are easy to follow even though the finished results often look complicated (Sunrise Circle jacket anyone? Clapotis?) She seems to have a serious brain for designing interesting knits.

This one is no exception. I love the finished results--it has a sophistication you don't often see in kids patterns.

Looking at the pattern and it's 5 or 6 different charts is a bit daunting at first, halfway through I was questionning my sanity in putting that much effort into a kid's knit. I think in future I would definitely have to opt for something with a lot less seaming. Back/front/front/sleeves(both knit flat)/ was a lot of seaming for such a wee thing, but the finished result is worth it I'd say.

Also a pain in the ass? The toggles:


In the pattern she kind of suggests "gluing" the leather triangles to it, but I was leery of doing that. Instead I bought leather shoelaces and hammered holes through the ends so that I could sew them on, and then I also had to hole-punch the leather triangles in order to sew them on as well. The result looked good and is super sturdy, but again possibly more effort than it should have meritted. I would likely just opt for regular button holes/buttons were I to do it again.

And because I've been going a bit "Patons crazy" lately, MORE felted sliippers:

though actually those ones were knit using cascade 220 I think

But I did another pair in Old Gold, and these teal-y ones,
4 pairs down!


I used some puffy paint in an effort to make a bit of a non-stick bottom on them, but it didn't really work. It looks cute but they are just as slippy I'd say, so I wouldn't recommend it.

Such a great stash-busting pattern (and fast gift) that I know I will be going back to it again and again. You can find the pattern for the French press felted slippers HERE.


Eliza said...

i love the roo, i think it is just excellent! adorable without being overly twee. it's also great to have a go-to scrap-busting pattern, as those slippers seem to be for you.

Julie said...

oh, it's gorgeous!! I love the colour you chose, it looks amazing on her. what a cutie!

yodafatkitty said...

Oh, wow, that sweater is sooo very cute!
Love the color!!

hibou said...

Oh my gosh, love love love! And she is so cute!!!

Karen said...

Love the Roo (too!) and I absolutely love the colour you chose for it. I adore this pattern so much that I really must find a small child to knit this one for!

Anonymous said...

Roo is in the queue (heehee) for when Kate is a little older. Yours is so very very cute!

littlebirdbigcity said...

That sweater is absolutely amazing. I want one for myself. Congratulations, it looks like a lot of work. It turned out beautifully! What an adorable child, too. Cute as a button!

subliminalrabbit said...

ridiculously cute!

Rainy Daisy said...

That little girl is so stinkin' adorable. What a fabulous knitwear model!

Definitely agree with the felted slipper thing. Good stuff.


French Press Knits said...

Thanks so much for linking to my slippers- I'm loving your blog, so glad I found it! And I agree with the rest of the posters- your friend's daughter is just perfect- what a cutie (the sweater's pretty amazing, too!).

Genepi said...

This cardigan is so cute!!! I love the gold color...