My sister doesn't knit. She doesn't sew. She doesn't craft. As a matter of fact, she even has a button that states "I don't do crafts" which she proudly wears whenever we go to craft shows together. She likes crafts and she admires them, but she has no interest in becoming a participant, so when a good friend of hers was expecting a little girl, she asked me to knit her "something". I was excited by the prospect of actually getting to knit for a little girl. It also meant that I would get to use up some of my "baby" stash. I have some beautiful mint greens, peaches, lavenders and pale yellows, but could I use any of those? No. I was told it HAD to be pink. Pink? I hate pink. I think it's lovely in flowers, but that's about the only place. Fortunately, I did have a couple of skeins. Why I even bought them in the first place, I can't remember. It must have been a great sale. I'm a sucker for yarn sales. Anyway, I decided that I wanted to do something dainty and lacy. I love the feather and fan pattern and, as luck would have it, Lion Brand had just the sweater on their website.
It's knit from the top down and all in one piece. I did alter the pattern a bit by knitting the sleeves in the round and I only did a few rows of the feather and fan. The pattern calls for rows of it to start about the elbow. I thought it looked sweeter with fewer rows. I also knit a couple of rows of garter stitch at the bottom of the sweater to give it a more finished look and I just used three buttons at the top. I even had the buttons in the stash!
The pattern is free and can be found here. The yarn is Snuggly DK by Sirdar and it washes and dries beautifully. For a matching hat, I found this cute pattern by Lorraine Major. It was a really fast knit and just finishes off the set nicely.
Okay, so maybe pink isn't all that bad.