For each of the past three years, I have picked a family member and knit them a sweater for Christmas. I find this to be much more satisfying than knitting loads of smaller projects for gifts. I get bored you see. And if the knits don’t interest me, I won’t finish. I have learned this. So tackling a bigger project but for only one recipient seems to be more doable for me.
This year, I knew pretty early on who I wanted to knit for. Ryan, my only nephew and the youngest of my brother’s kids turned 3 this year and is so adorable, he makes my ovaries hurt (thanks to my friend Alicia for naming this particular brand of pain.) Yes, this year I wanted to knit Ryan a sweater and I knew just the pattern:
I bought a Jaeger pattern booklet for kids (by one of my fav designers Martin Storey) a few years ago and fell in love with most of the patterns in it. George is easily one of my favorite patterns in the book and I always wanted to make it. It dawned on me that Ryan was the perfect age for this sweater and so I decided this was the year.
Doesn’t it look like a little grandpa cardigan? I love it!
Check out one of my favorite features…pockets!
He even did the “turn your head to the side” model pose that is my go-to pose. (Totally unprovoked by me I should add.)
Here are the stats:
Source: Jaeger Handknits JB29, 27 Designer Garments by Martin Storey for Babies & Children
Size: 3-4 years
Yarn: Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
Needles: US 2 & 4
Modifications: I used a thinner yarn than the pattern calls for but when I knit up my gauge I realized I could follow the directions for the largest size and it would come out close enough to the size I wanted.
The minute I saw Ryan on Christmas morning, I worried the sweater would not go over well. He was in a bit of a Christmas gift/toy frenzy and I am aware that it is not every 3 year-old boy’s dream to get a hand-knitted sweater from his aunt. I would love to tell you this was not the case, that Ryan squealed with delight and immediately tried his new sweater on…alas no, he absent-mindedly put it to the side and then later refused to try it on. I wondered how on earth was I going to get him to wear it, let alone let me take pictures of him with it on. But thanks to a little time and a pinky swear we made on New Year’s Day, Ryan suited up and posed for pictures like a champ.
At least for a good solid five minutes.
It’s okay though. He likes it, looks adorable in it, and he knows I made it for him. Even if he never puts it on again that is enough for me.