As soon as the sweater I knit for my son started to take shape, my daughter began asking when she’d get a new sweater. I knew it wasn’t exactly necessary in the name of fairness since I’ve knit a few sweaters for her already over the last couple years and I haven’t made him one since he was a baby. I suppose that’s just how it goes when you have one kid that is very big and one that is rather small. At the end of the day, though, as a knitter, how do you say no?
In the interest of time as well as staying cozy around our house which we keep on the cool side in winter, I knew I wanted to knit her something worsted or heavier, preferably a bulky weight. I found Veera Valimaki’s Little Miss Charming and thought it fit the bill nicely. It had good reviews regarding fit and comfort, so I got the pattern and used some store credit from Eat. Sleep Knit. to order some Malabrigo Chunky in the Cactus Flower colorway.
A little over a week before my girl’s birthday, I thought I should probably get to work so she could have it for her big day.
I had some issues with the pattern early on. For the life of me I could not get the yoke stitch count to come out according to the instructions and I tried at least 6 times. To this day I don’t know if it was me or the pattern, but I finally gave up and just went with it, making a couple minor modifications as needed. You can read about those on my Ravelry project page.
I knit through our trip to Iowa…
They turned out so well that I’ve never thought twice about re-doing them. I also extended them from elbow-length to full-length sleeves to be more practical for our Wisconsin winters (those mods are listed on my Ravelry page, too).
After washing and blocking, I was a little concerned they were too long.
Again, knit in a nice twisted rib. I also found the cables were super easy to memorize and that I didn’t have to use the chart with them for long at all. This was excellent luck considering I did a fair bit of this knitting in the car.
All in all, it’s an excellent fit…
I was pretty generous in the length of the body, too. My girl likes to wear knit pants & yoga pants & leggings and I think this length will wear really nicely with those options as well as her regular khakis.
It took a week start to finish to knit up this Little Miss Charming. And while it did take a few days beyond my girl’s birthday to dry after its wash & block and the construction itself wasn’t without its moments of drama, I think the birthday girl is pretty happy with the results. Warm and soft and cozy and pink — it may have been late for her birthday, but I think it was just in time.