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I’m back!  And I have a little treat for you. (Well, really it is a treat for me, but let’s not bother ourselves with technicalities.)

I finished my Little Birds Pullover:

For those of you that haven’t been following my Little Birds adventures, first, where have you been? and second, here is a brief recap.  I fell in love with Ysloda’s Little Birds pattern the minute I set eyes on the first issue of the Twist Collective.  The only hesitation I had with the sweater was the cut of the cardigan.  While I love the way it looks on the model, I was fairly certain that it would not be a flattering look on my more curvy self.  But the birds!  I couldn’t get those birds out of my head.  I loved them.  So I set about to make a Pullover version using Ysloda’s pattern as my start.

I quickly decided on two features I wanted, scoop neck and elbow sleeves.  With a bit of help from Eunny’s Autumn Rose Cardigan pattern for the scoop and my own wrangling of sizing and style for the rest I was able to work up my version of Little Birds.

Tweet, Tweet.

So what can I say?  I really really love it.  Normally I am highly critical of my finished knits.  I am rarely pleased when I try something on–particularly for the first time.  Often I talk myself into liking something once I get over my preconceived notion of what I wanted it to look like.  Not so with Little Birds.  The minute I put it on I smiled. I might have even done a little dance.  I was just so nervous it wasn’t going to work out–that my patchwork pattern was not going to look right.  But it did, and in the process I learned a LOT about sweater design and fit.

Lots of Little Birds.

Of course, there is one thing.  (Isn’t there always?)  Were I to do it again, I would make the scoop a little less wide and deep.  It would be nice to not have to wear something underneath.  But that is really just nit-picky.


Pattern: Little Birds (My own pullover version) rav link here
Source: Twist Collective
Needles: US 1 & 2 Addi-Turbos
Yarn: Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift
Mods: Made into a pullover, made longer by adding a couple repeats of the birds, elbow sleeves…in other words, lots and lots.

So there you go.  A Little Birds Pullover.  Excuse me now while I go skip in the park and smell wildflowers.

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