She likes pink

Little girls like pink. It’s all due to society stereotyping females of the species. When you know someone is expecting or just had a baby girl, you buy gifts which are, in one way or another, pink. Who said it has to be pink all the time anyway?

Society, that’s who!

Okay, but this is not about me hating pink and being pigeonholed into a any class. This is about my niece, who is 4 and loves pink. I have wanted to knit her a proper cardigan or sweater for a long time but was not confident enough until recently to try this out. After all, I now have 3 full-sized, i.e. “me” sized, cardigans under my knitting belt so this should be a cinch!

Presenting the very girly pink Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan for Roslin Isabelle.

This is the quickest, simplest knit ever. I know I say that all the time but seriously this was quick. I cast on at the last Amiras meeting at Debbie’s house, did the first set of garter stitch rows and picked it up again later that evening. I dropped every other project I had on the needles, and worked on this exclusively. At home, in the car, during lunch break.  On the morning of the 5th day, I was done!

This was the cardi on the 4th night, after I picked up the stitches for the buttonband.  I stopped knitting then and left it for the following day.  I completed both buttonbands on the drive to work the following day.  When I got back home I wove in the ends and blocked it.

With very few stitches, compared to my modified 40-inch cardi, this was a breeze! I didn’t even mind the purl rows so much. I did struggle with the pick-ups on the sleeve and had to undo the first one, go over it again and still had to stitch up the larger gaps.

And significant personal achievement with this project is that I actually switched needles when the pattern told me to.  I never used to do that and would just wing it, but I thought this is a special project so I have to follow the instructions.  And you know what, it wasn’t that bad switching from 4 to 4.5.

The cardigan is now with its owner, not sure yet how it fits but I’ll find out soon enough.  The only things missing from it are the buttons.  I want to find the perfect buttons to complement and enhance the garment.  Not just any button would do – they have to be perfect!

Project: She likes pink (Raveled)
Pattern: Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre
Yarn: Cascade 220, colourway Tutu, I used just under 2 skeins
Needles: 4mm, 4.5mm
Cast on: 20 August 2010
Cast off: 25 Aug 2010