I’ve been wanting to blog about this jumper for a while, but as it was a gift, I needed to wait until it was safely dispatched.
Little James (as he is in my head, now that he has outgrown the previous moniker of Baby James) is the younger brother of my boyfriend’s godson. Which sounds very complicated, but basically means we get to hang out with the smiliest boy in the world on a regular basis. I knit a little cotton cardigan for his brother a couple of years ago, which he’s been getting lots of wear out of, but it seemed rather unfair to leave him with the hand-me-downs. Besides, every other baby I know has had to put up with my knitting against their will, so it only seems fair that he should be saddled with it whilst he’s still too young to protest 😉
I was looking for a simple, seamless sweater pattern, written for DK weight yarn, and I found Cicada. I knit size 1, but added an extra inch to the sleeves and the body to try and give a bit of extra room for a growing boy, but I probably needn’t have (it almost fits his older brother!). Ah well, what are crazy knitting friends-of-your-parents for, if not to give you clothing that you will grow into?
The sweater is knit from the bottom up, and as I was getting ready to join the sleeves and the body, I thought maybe there was something else I could do with the yoke. A quick hunt through Ravelry led me to the chart on this hat, and voila – a Space Invaders jumper:
I used duplicate stitch for the little spaceship at the bottom and overall I’m happy with how it turned out. If I did this again, I’d either reduce the number of stitches around the yoke, or lower the fair isle pattern a few rows – the excess fabric bunches too much on the top row of Invaders. But I don’t think James is going to mind too much.