Little Miss Charming

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.

IMG_1019-0I 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…

IMG_1152And on the way home I was working on the sleeves. It would be take 1 of 2 for the sleeves, but it all worked out in the end.

sleeveThey 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.

sleeves onThey aren’t. They’re a perfect fit.

I’m a huge fan of the simple twisted rib detail at the neckline…frontAnd how the hemline is a little lower in the back…

hemAgain, 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…

on modeBoth in actual fit, style, and, of course, attitude.

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.

33 responses to “Little Miss Charming

  1. What a cute little ham she is! The sweater looks beautiful on her, of course. It also looks like the extra length is good this year, and might mean an extra year of wear, which is nice after all the work. πŸ™‚

    • She is a ham! She was having an issue because the sun was on her eyes, so she couldn’t stop making the weirdest squinty faces. She got upset with me and hrmphed into closed eyes — lol!

      She has long legs and a long body and she managed to grow out of ALL of her pants from spring to now (she got about 5 pairs of pants for her birthday!), so yes, I decided better to give her a sweater she’s swimming in now because otherwise she’ll grow out of it overnight!

      • They are fun faces – she has a very expressive, adorable face. πŸ™‚ Isn’t it amazing how fast they grow? Almost overnight. I have a niece who will be nine in a week or so, she must be close on to 5 feet tall now. She will pass her mom any day now. I told my sister that she is feeding her too many vegetables, but that didn’t get anywhere. πŸ™‚

      • LOL! Maybe your niece should start drinking coffee? (just kidding!!!) We just measured my daughter and she’s about 50″ I think, so she’s got a ways to go before she passes me. My son, however, is well within 2″ of me and I’m 5’6″!

        I think I’m mostly past being floored by the height changes, it’s watching their faces grow up now that totally puts a lump in my throat!

      • lol I can see my sister’s face when I suggest a stimulant! πŸ™‚ I don’t know how she does it as it is, my sister is in her mid-fifties with sore knees, my niece is extremely physical and active. πŸ™‚ Yes, the changing faces are amazing. Yet the similarities remain. The baby picture you posted was very clearly the same little one who modeled the sweater. I love watching them grow up.

      • Life is all about trade-offs. Caffeinating vs stunting growth? There’s always a pro & con list to be explored (just kidding!).

        The funny thing is I think my husband and I are the only ones who can tell the difference between my son and daughter in baby pictures. Their faces were sooo similar!

      • lol – I will remind her of that! no one can tell my sister’s, one brother’s and my baby pictures apart. The second brother looks completely different (then and now) yet we all look remarkably like our parents. He just got different bits. Genes are funny things.

  2. Beautiful sweater and I loved the pose! You mentioned you knit both sleeves at once. How did you do that? I hate having to do the second sleeve and worry about them matching.

    • Thanks!

      I often knit my sleeves 2-at-a-time for those exact reasons! There are a couple different ways you can go about it. You can work them individually, but at the same time — so you’d have each sleeve on its own set of needles (DPNS or magic loop or however you prefer) and then you just go back and forth. So you’d knit a round on the left sleeve, the a round on the right sleeve, then a round on the left sleeve and so on and so forth. As long as it’s do-able, though, I tend to go with a two-at-a-time magic loop approach. It takes a little to get going, but then it’s all self-contained and I can’t forget which sleeve I ended with. It’s exactly the same process as — for example — knitting sock legs or fingerless mitts 2aat with magic loop. I’m sure there is probably an easier way to do it, but I tend to like to make the center of each underarm the mid-point of each sleeve on the front needle. If you want me to explain in greater detail, shoot me an email at knittingsarah[at]gmail[dot]com — but I’ll be sure to take some photo and explain in depth the next time I use the technique!

  3. Beautiful daughter, beautiful sweater. I think the sleeves are just perfect for the overall sizing and hopefully she’ll get a lot of wear out of it.

    • I have to agree — I’m really happy with how it all turned out in the end. She seems pretty happy with it, so I think she’ll get a lot of wear out of it!

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