To go along with WIP Wednesday, I thought I'd do a FO Friday post too. I finished my daughter's Tiny Rocky Coast earlier this week, just in time for the warmer Spring weather. Here she is rocking out in her (Tiny) Rocky Coast.


Since it's essentially the same pattern as the Rocky Coast, just on a smaller scale, I have a lot of the same notes. Namely, size up (seriously), learn to cable without a cable needle, and use more stitch markers than you think you need.
  1. On the size - my daughter is 15 months old, her measurements suggest that she could fit into the 12 month size, but I knew I wanted it a little bit big so she has some room to grow. I also know that you're supposed to knit a few inches of ease into the sweater. Armed with that info, I opted to knit the size 2, though I lengthened the body and sleeves by .5" each. Now that it's finished, I probably could have (and should have) knit the 4 and been totally fine. Also, apparently my gauge swatch telling me the 2 would be big was a lie. My kid did not grow several inches and gain several pounds in the 3 weeks it took me to knit this.
  2. On the cable needle - it might seem scary, but it's not. You save a ton of time cabling without one. It's totally worth it to learn the technique. Practice on the swatch if you're nervous. But really, it's not that bad.
  3. On stitch markers - I ended up using stitch markers to note where to do the raglan increases, but also where to start and end the cable repeats within each section (front, sleeve, back, sleeve, front). It saved a lot of headaches (and a lot of counting) to be able to see how many stitches I had and whether that was enough for another cable repeat or not. I used different colored markers for the cable repeats (green) and raglan increases (purple).

No joke, she posed herself like this. Total ham.

I'm still deciding if I want to add a ribbon tie closure. I didn't knit the button hole as the pattern suggested because I wasn't sure. I figure I can poke it through the ribbing without an issue though. Grace doesn't seem to have a problem keeping it on, but I it might be more comfortable to have a closure. I'll have to see as she wears it more and does some real running around.


Also, taking pictures of knitwear on a toddler is like herding chickens (or cats, but I have no experience with that). I apologize for the lack of modeled pictures, but she would not sit still.


How awesome is the texture this cable pattern makes? I LOVE it!

This is the third sweater I've started and finished since the beginning of the year, so as of now, I'm on track to finish a sweater a month. April is shaping up to be really busy with a lot of knitting deadlines, so I'm not sure I can keep up the pace, but I'm going to try!

Project Details
Pattern: Tiny Rocky Coast by Hannah Fettig
Yarn: Cascade Heritage in 5632 Dark Plum
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm) and US 6 (4.0mm)

What have you finished recently? Any tiny knits? Any sweaters? Happy Friday!


8 Comments

  1. Your daughter is adorable and so is the sweater!

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  2. I just love this. Purple is my favourite colour.

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    1. Thank you! I'm a big fan of purple, but it's a tricky color to wear in our house with a white dog. :)

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  3. This is awesome and adorable!

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  4. Just put the finishing touch on my scarf with this adorable knitted heart! http://instagram.com/p/XkEguUkGpp/

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    1. The perfect finishing touch - nice work!

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