*thank you so very much for your kind comments on the previous post. it means a great deal to me that you shared your well wishes. When I wrote about being hugely grateful for small things...your reaching out means more than you know. x.*
I fell in love with the blog Found While Walking this fall, and was really happy when in December I won a giveaway Jaime had. She sent over the most incredible package (I'll show you soon) and it was such a bright spot for me this winter. I told her so, and she responded with a flattering request: a commission for a sweater for her very cool little girl, Charlie.
This is the result, and it was a labor of love. I loved the challenge of designing something I thought Charlie would love, and picking up those cheery stripes of peach, coral, gold and rust during a sad time gave me a dose of energy and sweetness. The only hard part was waiting to see if Charlie liked it... But I think she did. Isn't she a cutie!! :)
Here are a few more thoughts on my design and construction process, if you are interested...
The design, color palette and construction were all chosen with Charlie in mind. Being an avid collector, Charlie needed a sweater with lots of pockets, obvs. I had an image I played in my mind of her running on a beach, collecting rocks and shells, and stuffing them in pouch pockets. I was also inspired by Elly's version of this. I knew I wanted a garment for her that was soft, easy, cozy, comfy, special, and beautifully made. I also wanted something to compliment her coloring, be pretty, but also versatile enough to last, and even be handed down to her little brother one day.
I saw this colorway from noro on sale, but truthfully, it included a really garish pea green and a brilliant turquoise that clashed with the other colors. It was the only color of noro left at the yarn store, and it was actually pretty ugly. But I thought if I simply cut out those colors, it would be really beautiful. I striped it with a neutral colored wool that made the colors glow. I did make use of a bit of those strong greens, check out the pocket linings, its a happy secret, like a jewelry box.
I knit the body and sleeves flat to the underarms, then joined and knit the yoke in the round. Strange, I know, but I wanted the stripes to line up perfectly at the sides, and seaming gave me total control of that. The jog in the yoke stripes was hidden at the raglan decreases. I kept the raglan line really simple to keep the focus on the colors. The neck was designed to be just a little scoopy, so it wouldn't itch her neck, but still offer enough coverage to be warm. The pockets were knit as one giant pouch pocket, and then seamed into three compartments.
Thank you thank you Jaime and Charlie, for giving me the little push I needed to make again. x.