Tuesday, February 17, 2009

libby

Remember the libby sweater?
Well, I finally put together the pattern for it. However, I am completely nervous in doing so. I cannot guarantee that there are not mistakes. I really wish I would have had someone knit a test sweater. But then I thought, well, the first person to make it will end up being a test knitter. I also wish that I could have offered it in other sizes besides the size I made (which I am assuming is a 10-12 year) however I just couldn't get my brain wrapped around the numbers.
With all the stitches, increases, decreases, measurements, and my substandard notes, this was the best I could do. (I'm thinking that there is a program that could do this for me, but I do not own it.) I apologize for those who were waiting for other sizes. However, I am sure there are those of you who can use this as a guide and resize it to fit your little one. Please e-mail me with any questions.
The pattern is on ravelry and over there, in my sidebar.
Also, I do plan on making one for myself at some point and WILL take better notes.
Have a fantastic day!

97 comments:

Betani said...

Oh, I wish I knew a little girl to knit that for! I might have to knit one for a last-minute "Just in Case" gift :)

I'll definately test knit when you get an adult size up ;)

Missy knits said...

Thanks so very much for taking the time to write out the pattern and sharing it with everyone. I can't wait to try one! The sweater is just adorable. Thanks again--you are a very talented knitter. I always look forward to checking your blog and seeing your projects.

Cathy said...

thanks for sharing the pattern! it's so cute!

amy said...

I noticed it when it was added to Ravelry and saved a copy right then. Thank you for sharing it, and please don't apologize about lack of other sizes. It's hard writing up a pattern.

knithound brooklyn said...

I can see that sweater on ME! It's cute and simple.

Annie said...

Yes, please make one in adult sizes! I'd love one in the same colors as your Libby!

Sprocket said...

I'll test it for you! I have a 6yo girl who is tall. She might be able to wear it next winter. And if not, the winter after that :)

Nancy Topolski delicately perched said...

Do you know about Twisted Collective? this is anew online knitting magazine that does just what you want - if your pattern is selected for an issue- they have the sizes done up and test sweaters done up (I think).
Just four people run the whole thing - you should get in touch with them.

Hilary said...

Congrats on publishing this pattern! I am working on some patterns right now and it is a very difficult task. The resizing is killing me!

Meg said...

I love that sweater and hope that someone out there can help you translate it into other sizes (or I'll just have to wait until my girls get big enough *wink*).

Good for you for putting it out there!

stitching under oaks said...

Leslie! I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say...We're so blessed by the fact that you took the time to write the pattern up for all of us! Thank you so much. The sweater is adorable! You're so generous!

Mimi said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for us. I'll probably cast on towards the end of this week and will let you know how it goes!

Jan said...

I don't have a daughter or other young girl to make this sweater for (I am surrounded by boys!) I just want to thank you for your generosity! It is darling.

knitalittle said...

I can see my Racheal in that sweater. I have a bit of time on my hands so I'm thinking of knitting up the pattern. It looks strait forward so I'll let you know how it all goes.

Hey when you do a big girl size I could knit one of for my other daughters. Something to thing about.

beth said...

woo hoo!!! i'm so excited to start knitting this for my daughter! thank you so much for taking the time to write this down. i'm going to start knitting this afternoon.

skeinsherway said...

What is your daughter's chest measurement? Arm length? I could translate the sizes if you need... after all the sickness passes, of course!

E-mail me finished garment measurements, if you want, I'm just sayin...

Renee said...

How wonderful! Thank you for the pattern. :)

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

I'm so excited that you posted it. Shouldn't be a problem to adapt the sizes, will let you know how it turns out.

Margie said...

Thanks SO much for sharing the pattern! I can't wait for the adult-sized one...I REALLY, REALLY need to make this sweater for myself!!

Margie

pricklypearbloom said...

You're so cute. :)

Marilyn said...

My psych background taught me that positive traits "cluster" and you are sure evidence of that. You're a multi-talented person, for sure. I always check your blog. Thank you so much for the pleasure and ideas that you share with others. Marilyn

Hege said...

It's so pretty!
Wish I could get Eirin to wear more handknit... Maybe if I knitted it up in cotton. She hates itchy wool *sigh*

Sarah Jackson said...

I'll be making that size and Annika will get lots of wear from it. Yay!

theknittingcowgirl said...

Thank you for this pattern Leslie!!!
I hope to try it very soon, maybe making one sweater for me!!

I have a little little size... that I think This measure will fit also my "petite" size!
:-)

Denise said...

Is the Portland Tweed the yarn that was discontinued, or is it the new yarn that replaced something? I can't find any even on Webs? I would love to make this for Kristen and maybe go down a needle size to just make it a tad smaller :-) thanks for sharing it with ua.

Yarn It said...

Thanks so much for writting up the pattern! I have an 11 year old so maybe I can buy some yarn and knit it up for her. I know she would love it.

APA said...

Remember, this is your stress free zone...no "mistakes" or "imperfections" are possible here! No doubt your readers/fellow knitters will be grateful for the pattern and will be able to make a Libby for the little girls they know from what you've noted, written and the fab pictures you've taken. And they'll write, too, should they need a shout out for help and hints. Rock out! Peace out! This is a good place, your place, the place we come to hang out and share. XO...Ana

Paty said...

lovely sweater... !!!! your effort is priceless!

molly said...

crap! I'm supposed to be finishing up vests for them first. But my knitting ADD is kicking in and now I want to start one for emma...LOVE it! Thank you! Thank you!!

fromallstitchedup said...

Your pattern will be great - no worries. There are many professionally written patterns that have many mistakes. Knitters are a friendly bunch that can roll with changes.

Helen said...

Leslie, thank you so much for taking the time to write the pattern for Libby. I have a very special little person who will adore this. I'm sure the instructions will be just as beautifully executed as your knitting projects.

Katie said...

Yay!!! I absolutely loved this sweater, and I plan on making one even though I don't know anyone it will fit!

Journeying Five said...

oh my goodness...i love it!

Cindy said...

Gorgeous cardigan.

There is a software called Sweater Wizard which is great for this sort of thing. The website is knittingsoftware.com. Worth looking into.

Happy Knitting & thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

This sweater is so pretty, I'm looking forward to the adult size pattern.

house on hill road said...

the effort you took to write it up is effort enough! the rest of us can figure it out. thank you. (and did you get my flickr mail?) xo.

sue said...

Oh I could do a happy dance right now as that size sounds perfect for my daughter. She is on the tall side and I will be happy to test knit it for you too. Now to just check if I have some yarn I can use for it. I am sure lots of people will be so glad that you wrote down the pattern.

Lorette said...

That looks like it would be very flattering in an adult size. I have Sweater Wizard, I might see if they have a prototype for this style. It's lovely!

hurrayic said...

Thank you! It looks wonderful. I'm not a knitting diva for sure, but there's probably some way to make different sizes. If you find out how, let me know. I was thinking Mary Jane Midge and Mink might know...

Jackie said...

I would like to knit this for my girl, as there isnt anyone selling locally, i have to order online but the shhipping cost is high..grr

3 M's said...

Thank you for sharing this! I have a few neices that would absolutely love this sweater. I remember seeing it and loving it way back when.
this is the first time I've posted here, but I love your blog & all the wonderful things you knit.
:)

Cinnamonamon said...

The phrase "never look a gift-horse in the mouth" comes to mind...I don't think you'll find anyone complaining!! Thanks for the pattern, I hope to find someone to knit it for, sometime! ;)

Maryse said...

Congratulations! It's exciting, isn't it? That other knitters will be knitting your design. Good work!

Cathy said...

I agree that the effort you were willing to put forth was enough and I for one am very thankful for you doing so. I look forward to knitting this sweater for my daughter. Thank You.

iknitipurl said...

Congratulations on getting the pattern put together!

Trisha said...

Very cute! My daughter has been begging me to make her a sweater since I finished mine.

Heather said...

Oh you are so kinds. My girls are too big and too little, but one can grow into it, right? How amazing that you could braille it for your girlie. Awesome!

lise said...

It's fantastic, I'm so going to knit the sweater for my daugher!

Louise said...

I felt the same when I printed my first pattern. But I have since realised that even the best have some mistakes so don't worry. It's absolutely gorgeous!!

MadMad said...

Oh, I think the people who need the other sizes can work it out for themselves, don't you? You're giving up your gorgeous sweater pattern FREE, so you shouldn't feel guilty making them do a bit of work of their own.

Especially since the 10-12 size works just right in this house, hahahaha!

kathryn said...

thank you leslie! i have an 11-year old, so this is perfect!

Bridget said...

Thank you so much! I can't wait to make this for my daughter!

kim said...

I love this little sweater. Someday I will make it for G. :)

Amy said...

if i was a better knitter and had a 10-12 year old girl to knit one for I would totally test knit this one for you! I love the buttons and the shape of it so much- maybe if you get a pattern for an adult size I wil try it out!

countrychicken said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I have been waiting and hoping that you would publish this. My granddaughter is the right size.

Kara said...

Oh you designer, you! I am always impressed by people that can put together a pattern.

Quinn said...

That is beautiful. I love it. I might actually give it a try although it might be too advance for me right now.

peaknits said...

Thank you so much for sharing this sweater! I may have to make one, simply because I have a Libby too!:)

SheBakesCakes said...

Such a cute sweater! Thank you so much for sharing your work, and remember there's never a need to apologize for what's given for free. We can like it or lump it, and judging from the comments, people like it, they really like it! (ok, I veered into Sally Field at the Oscars, there, but you get my drift)

~ K ~ said...

What a great sweater! It's lovely and I especially like how you added the extra bit of color at edges. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. If only I had a daughter... :o)

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

OK, Leslie. I'll make this for Peeper Lou. Consider me your test knitter! And I promise not to freak on you if there's a mistake:)

mary said...

this is gorgeous! i will gladly knit this for my daughter! thanks for posting this...

tiennie said...

I've always loved this! Thank you so much for the pattern!

amanda said...

thanks for this Leslie - you know we've been waiting for it! :D :D

Grace said...

I may take it to my LYS and have them plug it in to their program. I'll let you know what they/I come up with!! xoxoxox

zebraknits said...

I am so very proud of you work Leslie. Thank you for sharing.

XOXO

monica said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern. There aren't a lot of patterns for kids in that age group so it's great when I find one.

Jane said...

You are much braver than I will ever be. The sweater is soo cute and if you need a test knitter for the adult, I'd love to help.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Congrats on finishing the pattern; what a time-intensive process. The sweater is adorable!

La Cabeza Grande said...

I was searching high and low for a 'tween knit, et voila! Libby fits the bill for a 10 year old I know.

Thank you, Leslie!

Marissa said...

I just happen to have a size 10 daughter, who will love this! Thanks very much for the write-out...I know how much work it is!

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern! It's in my queue for when my daughter is older - such a lovely design!

Kim said...

I bet if I start this now, I will have it finished by the time my Libby will fit into it (she is 5 months old!).
Absolutely beautiful!

blair said...

its so lovely! I would love to think I'd pick up my needles long enough to knit this for Emma.

jc said...

That is the prettiest sweater! Love all the things you do - thanks

HPNY Knits said...

lovely sweater. I can see this for me as well! thanks for sharing!

PrincessPea said...

That is just adorable! If I had daughters instead of sons I would totally be making one of these!

mommiez said...

thanks for posting this pattern... I have a 2 year old girl... I have some lovely yarn that I was planning to make something with.. I might cast on next week... and will be glad to send you the size adjustments... it's very hard writing a pattern, thanks for sharing...

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Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup pour le patron. Ce modèle est vraiment joli : dommage qu'il ne soit pas aussi pour la taille adulte.
Bonne journée

YarnPlayCafe said...

Hi! I tried to download this pattern but it says "access denied" ?

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Betsy said...

My 7-year-old daughter's name is Libby, and this is so her style. I think I might knit it for her next year.

Dianne said...

Is the gauge correct for the sweater? I notice that Portland Tweed is 18 stitches on a 7 needle for 4 inches. This pattern says 11 stitches for 2 inches on a 7 needle.