A Sweater for Gus

So much for posting often in May. Here it is the last day in May but the first post.

Tomorrow is our grandson, Gus’s 9th birthday. He’s such a terrific, sweet kid that I really wanted to give him a knitted sweater – one he requested months ago. Remember the the EZ Child’s Surprise Jacket I posted about began for him in January? It didn’t happen.

Twelve inches along, just past a section of an elaborate designed striping with alternating colors in a pattern – not easy in garter – I finally admitted the orange and blue strips looked wrong for this sweater. It was ripped back to remove those colors, only 3″ from the beginning. Doggedly knitting it up to the point where the arms and shoulders are complete and it’s time to dive down the long stretch of garter stitching back and forth, I could no longer ignore the niggling feeling that it just wasn’t right. I have no idea what caused the disenchantment with the sweater, I really wanted to keep going so it’d be finished and mailed to him before winter was over. Instead it went into a long time-out.

Before heading to a Pastor’s Retreat at the coast in April I pulled the sweater out of the bag, took one look and stuffed it back in. Combing through boys’ cardigans in Ravelry I found a pattern, (petit) Marcel by Emilie Luis that I thought Gus would like, printed it out, grabbed a couple balls of the yarn and packed them for knitting time during the retreat.

The back and fronts are finished (clever design!) I’m only now working on the first arm but once again have had to do lots of tinking for various fiddly reasons.

I’m hopeful that once I’ve figured out how to neatly pick up the stitches and do the German Short Rows for the sleeve cap the rest of that sleeve and the next one will go relatively quick, then only the button band/ collar will be left to do.

The poor boy will outgrow the sweater before he’s even had a chance to wear it. Please tell me that a size 10 sweater will fit a 9 year old next winter!

Once again I can’t leave well enough alone with a pattern. Since Gus requested green and yellow I decided to put in some color work in this sweater. The ribbing at the bottom as well as the broken rib at the top are green knit, yellow purl.

Working on the broken rib on a shoulder.The bottom ribbing shows in the background below.
Gus should like this green and yellow sweater, someday in the not too distant future.

I hope your projects are working up much quicker than mine do!


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

3 thoughts on “A Sweater for Gus”

  1. Keep going Wanda…these boys suddenly shoot up, I’d hate for him to outgrow the sweater before he’s become used to wearing it. I love the garter rib, looks very fiddly!

    1. Thanks for your encouragement Marianne! While I’m delighted with how it’s looking all the set-backs have been discouraging knowing that Gus’s growth is not waiting for a sweater. The past couple of weeks I’ve debated starting all over again but just can’t bring myself to grinding through yet another attempt. That broken rib is rather fun once you learn to coordinate the two strands going back on the purl side. 🙂

  2. It looks lovely! I think two-color broken rib is so elegant, in an understated way. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the knitting goes along faster than the growing! The baby surprise jacket I just finished for a soon-to-be-born baby is so tiny that I had my own fears about handing it along. However, I decided that every newborn deserves something that fits right away, even if it only lasts for a short while. Right?

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