Well, a lot of ‘really hard maths’, a fair amount of measuring and a steep learning curve later I have produced the first of 4 jumpers for Monkey and Duck. The next ones should be easier now the pattern has been written, and there aren’t many tweaks I need to make really.
My experience of colour work is ‘limited’ so I had to do a bit of research after I made the back and decided the fair isle patterns looked a bit ropey. I was much happier with the front and also learned how to carry the unused yarn, thus avoiding having a billion ends to tie off. I also had to adapt my fair isle design for the sleeves as Monkey has quite short arms (here’s hoping I measured right!) and the original pattern wouldn’t have been finished before the decrease rows.
The final part was knitting a base as Monkey is wearing thin all over. Losing stuffing from one’s bottom is quite undignified so I thought I’d save him from the embarrassment. It does have leg and tail holes though!
I consulted Monkey’s owner’s Mummy (are you still following this?) about fastenings and we decided buttons were ok if attached securely (his head is quite large so a fixed neck hole would have potentially led to problems). I was a bit disappointed about not achieving a nice round neckline, but because I’m working on a fairly small scale in double knit there aren’t many rows to work with on shaping.
I’d better crack on and knit 3 more now. (Really hoping Monkey likes his new wardrobe when it’s finished!)
If you have any suggestions for how to make the neckline round please share, now I’ve got the basics down I’m looking to make it even better.
Proudly linking up with Janine at Rainbow Hare and Wool On Sundays.