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A Sweater for Lincoln

As promised, today I’d like to share the details of the little honeycomb cable boy sweater I made for my cousin’s son. If you’ve been following along, you may recall that I made matching sweaters for his older and younger sisters. I tried making him one way back in the summer, but quickly discovered that he was growing fast and it would be too small.

So, I made him another one and squeaked in just under the wire, finishing it 2 days before Christmas. Yikes!

I had been dreaming and scheming this sweater pattern for quite a while before I got the chance to make it, and in general I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. The overall look is precisely what I was going for, and what I imagined in my head.

It’s a bottom-up seamless construction with a raglan yoke that’s mostly worked flat with a gap in the middle, where at the end I picked up the stitches for the collar. It uses a simple honeycomb cable pattern on the body of the sweater, and the sleeves are plain old stockinette. The collar is worked in a 1×1 rib with short rows to shape the back of it. At the end, I thought a little toggle closure would be cute and I happened to have an extra wooden toggle lying around, so I added that. I think it’s a nice finishing touch.

The only reason I’m not totally over the moon about this sweater is the sizing. I guess I was a little off on my gauge, because the body of the sweater with the honeycomb cable came out a bit smaller than I intended. The result? The sweater barely fits the recipient, and as he’s a growing boy, he probably won’t be able to wear it for very long at all.

Lessons learned! I’m planning to make another one of these for my other cousin’s son, who is nearly 1, and I plan to swatch and swatch again before casting on so I can make sure the size on that one is just right.

 

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