I often go to the store and a ball of yarn follows me home. I don’t even know how it happens or why it happens so often. And trust me, it often hides from my husband or just magically appears among a pile of other yarn one day in the hopes that he doesn’t notice. Generally, these balls don’t have a specific purpose. Some might a general purpose of a person or a type of project. One such occasion happened recently and to my surprise, it had both a person and a very specific project in mind.
One of the big trends in yarn right now is long colour repeats which look like striping. This trend actually started a few years ago and has managed to stay popular. I happened to see a hank of yarn that had these long colour repeats but in a colour-way I hadn’t seen before. And I just loved it. I wanted to knit myself something head-to-toe in it. Imagine a onsie for an adult. Now, since I don’t have nearly enough time to actually knit myself a onsie, plus the fact that if the item is for me, it usually gets put aside quickly, I decided to instead make something for my daughter.
There is a sweater pattern that is my ‘go-to’. Very simple with a shawl collar which works well for boys or girls, depending on the colour. I decided to use that pattern, altered to increase the size (because the largest size goes to 12 months and my little girl is in 2T clothing) and altered to add a beautiful cable pattern down the back. I just love cables. They are simple yet intricate and just stunning. I managed to finish this sweater within a week with the bulk of it being done during a weekend Netflix binge. And I just love it. The only thing I would change would be to add an extra purl stitch on either side of the cable to really allow those side cables to pop out instead of trying to fade into the rest of the back. This project also showed me that you have to adjust your stitches when switching from cabling to non-cabling (in this case garter stitch). You need to decrease every few stitches during the first row of garter stitch, otherwise you get a bit of a tail at the back. I mentioned to my husband how much I loved how this pattern turned out and he actually suggested that I buy more of the yarn and make it in an even larger size so she can continue to wear it once she grows out of this one. He amazed me with his suggestion to buy more yarn – that one doesn’t happen often.
Has anyone else had their significant other surprise you that way? Share in the comments below!