Hot on the heels of The Saga Jumper comes The Dinosaur. So named because halfway through knitting this, I realised that Stashlet might not like it and refuse to wear it, so I needed some toddler-appealing tag to sell it to him. He's at that age where he has very definite views about what he likes (and is prepared to wear) and what he doesn't (and will burst into tears over).
As with the majority of the jumpers I've knitted for Stashlet, I made the pattern up as I went along, basing the measurements on a currently big-ish fitting top. It turned out a little narrower than I'd hoped, and had longer sleeves than I'd intended, but otherwise the fit is fine. I think I'm going to stitch a line of elastic across the shoulder line which should eliminate the mildly drooping shoulders (that's the disadvantage of drapey yarn + no shoulder seam= it stretches widthwise), and hoik up the sleeves at the same time.
The yarn is Sidar Snuggly Smiley Stripes DK in Giggly Green 256. It's 80% bamboo and 20% wool which gives it a lovely drape and not too much itchyness. The design was very loosely based on The Purl Bee's Easy Pullover for Babies, Toddlers and Kids - with a little notch neck and garter stitch 'ribbing'.
I did find that the yarn splits a bit but other than that it was a straightfoward knit, and I love the way the stripes move diagonally across the body. I made sure to start both sleeves at the same point in the colour sequence so they turned out relatively identical which I think helps with the overall look.
I do like this yarn - it was an impulse buy based on the colours - and some of the other colourways look like they might make nice adult sized tops. I generally find that the colour mixes in random dyed yarns are too garish for my taste but Sidar has managed to avoid that with the majority of this range.
I've already made a simple cowl from the Mexicana Mingle colourway (much nicer than it sounds) and I need to post about that, but a whole jumper? Perhaps that would be too much. What do you think?