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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.

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