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Autumn Garden
Finished
November 2, 2013
December 7, 2013
Project info
Autumn Garden
Winter Garden Jumper by Sarah Pope
Knitting
Clara
12-18 months
Needles & yarn
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1,122 yards
Blackberry Ridge Fingering Weight 2-ply
1 skein = 450.0 yards (411.5 meters), 113 grams
desert sand
3042A
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
October 23, 2013
Blackberry Ridge Fingering Weight 2-ply
1 skein = 112.0 yards (102.4 meters), 28 grams
golden oak
2479C
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
October 23, 2013
Blackberry Ridge Fingering Weight 2-ply
1 skein = 112.0 yards (102.4 meters), 28 grams
peach
3190A
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
October 23, 2013
Blackberry Ridge Fingering Weight 2-ply
1 skein = 112.0 yards (102.4 meters), 28 grams
coffee
2479B
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
October 23, 2013
Blackberry Ridge Fingering Weight 2-ply
1 skein = 112.0 yards (102.4 meters), 28 grams
crimson
3190A
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
October 23, 2013
Blackberry Ridge Fingering Weight 2-ply
1 skein = 112.0 yards (102.4 meters), 28 grams
rust
2960A
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
October 23, 2013
Blackberry Ridge fingering Weight 2-ply
1 skein = 112.0 yards (102.4 meters), 28 grams
light loden
2374A
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
October 23, 2013
Notes

Test knitting this lovely pattern for Sarah of Whistling Girl Knits.

Very pleased with the yarn choice…a wide variety of attractive shades are available in small (1-ounce /112 yd) amounts, and the yarn --springy and soft-- was easy to work with, if a bit drying on the hands. Not sure I’d use the peach for background in the upper band again, but that’s just personal preference.

This smallest size (12 to 18 months) uses tiny amounts of contrast colours (less than 5 yards each of the loden, coffee, rust, crimson and golden oak, and 20 yards of the peach) and just 300 yards of the main colour, sand.
I’m pleased to have lots left over for matching hat/mitts/socks or other projects.

This pattern is a delight. There are several interesting and new (to me) techniques: the Channel Islands cast-on, the fluted rib stitch used for the bodice, and the Anna Zilboorg-inspired buttonband -- all were clearly explained and easy to execute on the first try.

The handsome motif also offers an opportunity to practice stranded colourwork --still need to improve tension, but blocking helped even things out.

The bodice came out a bit small due to tension changes with fluted rib stitch. The recipient Clara (shown at 16 months) is quite tiny and slender, so I think it will fit well, but I’ll need to make accommodations next time.

I’ll definitely make this again. In fact, I can’t wait to try a Spring or Summer Garden!

Notes for next time:
Skirt: reduce stockinet portion by an inch
Bodice: try larger needle (3.5mm) to compensate for tighter tension with fluted rib
Buttonband: reduce stitches by one between buttonholes
Armhole Finishing: p/u 80, reduce 4 st, then 2 st
Neck Finishing: p/u 82, reduce 4st

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  • Project created: December 7, 2013
  • Finished: December 7, 2013
  • Updated: October 4, 2014