The only problem with giant hanks of yarn is that you always end up with extra. Either the mega skein is just not enough for the project and you are buying two mega skeins and have tons leftover or the project is small enough to not even use a whole mega skein but you feel wasteful not doing something with the extra bits. (wow, that was a super long run on sentence) I suspect this is why Jane had bits of Miss Babs Yowza in her stash and happily threw them my way when I mentioned wanting to knit the Gramps Baby Sweater by Kate Oates in a neutral Yowza color. I was thinking Beach Glass, Forever or Oregon Mist. Jane happened to have a half skein or so of Oregon Mist in her stash, leftover from another project. Just a bit too much to toss (thank goodness). The Yowza is a shop favorite and at 560 yards, it is plenty for this sweater. Actually two skeins would make an adult version (the pattern comes in adult versions for those who need to “match” their baby…)
Here are the details:
Child sizes available: 6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2, 4, 6, 8 yrs)
I actually couldn’t get gauge on the suggested US#6 so I decided to keep my gauge small and have the sweater turn out more like a 3 month size.
Since I am so close to finding out whether we are having a girl or a boy, I decided to wait on the buttons (well..and sewing up the armpits). I am thinking a brighter orange or coral button if we have a girl and a class bone or horn dark button if it is a boy. Either way this sweater is just stinkin cute. I also love that the back is done entirely in knits and purls. No use in wasting time on cables that no one will ever see!