Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jaeger George Cardigan - completed!

Pattern: George
Book: Jaeger JB29
Materials: Knit Picks City Tweed DK
Amount: (4) 50g balls 'Splash'
Needles: US3 and US6 bamboo
Cost: $3.99/ball approx. $16.00
Notions: Buttons (Walmart .79 cents)
Size: 12-24 month. My swatch came out bigger so I knit a smaller size than what my son measured (he just turned two and was maybe one centimeter smaller than the 2-3T size measurements. However, I knit to the lengths for the 2-3T size. I made the button border following the smaller size and the collar following the bigger size. I'm not sure why, but it seems to have worked out.
Start Date: Oct. 3, 2009
Finish Date: Oct. 12, 2009

I've never knit anything this fast before. I guess the combination of Fall, being pregnant, and watching too much TV is very complimentary to knitting.

As I went along, I started worrying that the cardigan was turning out too small, but it is very fitted in the book picture so I trusted that it would come out OK. It fits perfectly, but I don't think it has any room to grow, so it may not be wearable in the Spring. On the other hand, my son is tiny and isn't growing too quickly so it might be OK. After looking at the pictures of him wearing it, I realized he looks like he has no shoulders. I guess that's what happens when your body is in the 5th percentile for weight and your head is in the 50th percentile for size -poor little fellow. Anyway, I think he looks quite cute.

The pockets were easy enough to knit up but when I was done with them, I realized I didn't really know how to sew them on the sweater. I wasn't even sure if I should use regular thread or yarn. I decided to just go for it. I lined them up using the eyeball method and pinned them. I attached them using yarn with a simple stitch going right through the top border of the pocket which you can't really see. Seems to have worked out. I did steam the pockets before and I steamed the collar at the end as well to get it laying down and stretched out nicely.

I'm glad I followed by Brooklyn Tweed inspiration and went for the tweed yarn on this. It makes him look so scholarly and kind of like a grandpa at the same time. I love it. The cables were easy and the rest of the cardigan is just stockinette stitch. I think it makes a pretty cute manly cardigan and the knitting is fairly simple. Perfect for the Fall.


  1. Oh my goodness, gorgeous sweater! I can't wait until i'm comfortable enough to do something that amazing.

  2. What a gorgeous little man and his sweater is adorable and perfect. You are so incredibly talented! I am really enjoying checking out your blog.....very inspiring! Oh, and many, many blessings on your pregnancy!

  3. It came out great! I kind of stumbled across your blog and as luck would have it, just finished a George sweater for one of my twin boys out of Rowan Felted Tweed. About to get started on the second and was thinking of using the Knit Picks City Tweed DK...did you like it? Would you use it again?

  4. Sarah -
    I'm not much of a yarn connoisseur so I can't really compare as I haven't used Rowan yarn but my opinion on the NP City Tweed DK is that it feels very soft to the touch. It's 55% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Donegal (viscose neps in acrylic web) As I was knitting, it didn't get all unruly if I needed to unravel and re-use it as I did a couple of times.

    It doesn't appear itchy to me but that's more of a personal thing. My son has eczema and contact allergies. He's worn it a couple of times and even though it only comes into contact with his neck and hands, he had no issues with it at all. I haven't washed it yet or seen how it will wear (amount of piling -that sort of thing) but so far, I like it quite a bit.

    I would give it a thumbs up. Some of the other colors look very appealing too but keep in mind that they may be a little darker than you expect even when comparing to the catalog photos. I definitely plan on using it again, I ordered a couple in 'Tabby' and 'Orca" for some fingerless gloves. The 'Lemon Curd' also looks really nice and the 'Habanero' .....

    I'd love to see your finished projects. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Thanks for the feedback! I'm going to go ahead and order some "Porpoise" - I always get a little nervous ordering yarn over the internet, I love to browse my LYS and touch everything before I buy it ;) Are you on Ravelry? If you are, you can see my FO's on there - my user name is sarahlauren. If not I'll send you a pic when I'm done with the second sweater and get my slightly uncooperative 3 year old models to try them on. Thanks again for your opinion on the yarn! I look forward to checking out your future projects :) I recently bought some Oliver & S patterns, haven't attempted them yet, but I love the Jump Rope Dresses you did. Can't wait to get started on mine!

  6. I loooove how it turned out. Perfect yarn, perfect colour and perfect little boy to wear it!

  7. Love the sweater. How can I get the free pattern? Thank you so much.

  8. Judy and Beth -this pattern is from a book (not free) called "Jaeger Handknits JB29 - 27 Designer Garments By Martin Storey For Babies & Children Using Baby 4PLY & Baby DK". It is probably out of print but you can try to find it on Amazon or other vendors. Here is a link to Amazon I found as of today: