This would be a great project for a beginner — it’s knitted all in one piece, starting at the lower edge back, up over the shoulders and down the front, leaving just side seams and under the arms to be sewn up. I learned a new technique for sewing up the side seams called a mattress stitch. (Check out this video for the how-to. It’s about 2/3 of the way down the page.) It gives you an invisible seam, even for a first timer like me!!! I was very pleased with the result.
The yarn that I used is Lion Brand Baby’s First, an acrylic and cotton yarn that is absolutely mouth-watering and comes in 6 or 8 colors. The pattern is a free Lion Brand pamphlet that I got at Michaels, Jasmine Kimono. You can pick up this pattern here or here, no dinero needed!!
A size 10 needle is recommended, but I ended up with a 10.5 after swatching a few inches. Because of the nature of the items that I knit and crochet, I don’t usually worry too much about swatching, but I did do it for this item. I also did a light steam blocking just to square everything up when I was done and before I sewed the seams. During that light steam blocking, I found out that my very nearly new Rowenta steam iron leaks like a sieve!! That does NOT make me a happy camper. More on that another time.
And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of GrandDolly modeling the sweater, would it? She’s such a ham for the camera!!
All in all, a great pattern that really didn’t take very much time at all — maybe 3 nights in front of the TV and with very little frogging!!