Transatlantic Sweater

As soon as I arrived in March to visit Daughter no 1 and Grandson she handed me a Webs catalogue ( Webs is one of the largest online yarn stores in the United States and I have bought quite a lot of yarn from them ). Look she said they have this great sweater “I really like it” which is her way of saying “will you make it for me?”

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We looked at the yarn while I was there but didn’t promise to make it, I thought I would do it as a surprise. The colour she chose was Shore which is a dusty pink. So after I got back and was at my monthly knitting club Woolly Women at John Lewis – Bluewater I purchased the yarn using the discount they give us.

At this point I ought to tell you that knitting with yarn that is Aran or thicker is not my favourite pastime but that’s what she wanted.

The pattern is by Marie Wallin and it looked straightforward with a clear chart. Great I thought this will be a doddle!

Rib complete I started on the pattern and Oh Boy was it tricky!! The pattern row was done on the wrong side! And did I struggle!!

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If I had thought about it I would have adapted it but no I knitted the front and the back working the chart from left to right!!

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Then came the sleeves, a completely different pattern but this one was worked on both rows! I have had some conversations about the sleeve pattern on Ravelry with someone struggling to get it right.

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At last it was finished and sewn up – Daughter No 2’s friend modelled it for the pictures.

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I was really pleased with it when it was finished and the stitch definition looked great!

I packed it up in a box, with of course books, one about a pirate and underpants, another about a robot who loses his bottom and a soft toy of the witch from Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson for Grandson.

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Here it is ready for the Post Office.

It winged it’s way across the Atlantic to Ohio.

And this is what came on my phone

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“I love it Mum”

Truly a Transatlantic Sweater!!

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