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March 20 2014
March 23 2014
Project info
Nellie by Donna Higgins
Needles & yarn
US 3 - 3.25 mm
Kraemer Yarns Perfection DK
2 skeins = 520.0 yards (475.5 meters), 200 grams
Woolbearers in Mt. Holly, New Jersey

Pattern as written is easily to follow, but is really only one size.

Sizing states:
Size 12 month - 6.5 sts = 1 inch in stst using size 4 needle
Size 24 month - 6 sts = 1 inch in stst using size 5 needle
Size 36 month - 5.5 sts = 1 inch in stst using size 6 needle

Which I find totally annoying. I wish that the designer actually changed the stitch count instead of just changing needle size. Changing needle size just makes the fabric looser or tighter & changes the drape of the item. Tighter stitches makes a stiff fabric & Looser makes a flimsy fabric… both look weird.

Also for loose knitters (like me)… I had to go down to a US#3 needle to get 5.5 stitches to the inch (largest size listed). In order for me to get anywhere near the 12 mo old size (which is what I originally wanted) I would need to use fingering yarn & a US#1 or #2 needle.

So with all that said… I continue on, knowing I am going to end up with a much larger sweater than what I would like. This is for a gift, the baby will eventually grow into it.

As imagined, ended up with a size that will fit a 4yo toddler.

• Added 2 rows of single crochet to the front edges so that the front doesn’t curl as much.

• Add a 6 extra stitches at CO & knit in seed stitch front bands (3 each side) to prevent front from curling
• sleeves are much too wide. I would add decreases down the length of the sleeve.
• Eliminate side body increases, sweater is wide enough without them.
• Use thinner weight yarn & smaller needles.

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by Kraemer Yarns
70% Acrylic, 30% Merino
260 yards / 100 grams
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  • Project created: March 22, 2014
  • Finished: March 24, 2014
  • Updated: March 25, 2014