I just finished a super fun, new commission. This is possibly the cutest tiny sweater I've ever knitted.
This commission came to me from one of my partners co-workers. She saw his fabulous knitted work blanket and decided she needed a custom Ashley work of art too!
The pattern we picked out is by Drops Designs called The Lookout.
As with most of my commissions, I chose to work with KnitPicks Swish DK yarn, we went with the colorway Moss. This stuff is my fave because it knits up nice and soft and can be popped in the washing machine (and bonus, it's quite inexpensive.)
The pattern was true to my previously mentioned assumptions. Drops designs are known to be a bit vague. This pattern is mostly charts with very little written instructions. I assume they do this so more people, regardless of language, can use their work (hypothetically.)
There are three charts to work from simultaneously and they all work in a different numerical pattern. Example; if you're on Row 8 on chart one, you could be on Row 12 on chart two and Row 5 on chart three, so get those Post-It notes out because every row is a new adventure and there are no written cable instructions to follow.
I had a little bit of an issue with the tail end (ha) decreases. They specifically say to start decreasing by binding of X amount of stitches on both sides of every other row. Of course you can't actually bind off stitches at the end of a row, so what they actually mean is bind of X amount of stitches at the beginning of every single row. Once I figured out those decreases it was smooth sailing to the finish line!
I'm happy with how this project turned out. If I had to do it again I would grab myself a small circular needle because working tons of cables on DPN's is not my jam! I'd also start by swatching in the cable pattern, not stockinette because I had some major sizing issues the first time through which set me back on my commission time estimate (which is so frustrating!)
Toby loves his distinguished gentleman sweater. He's an avid hiker and has really enjoyed wearing it on his outings.
I did have to give it a recent alteration since his tiny legs proved to be too small for the sleeves. I replaced them with an I-cord bind off which seems to be working perfectly for him!
I do love to see a happy, tiny customer.
Have you made any doggo clothes before? let me know down below!
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