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Polly’s Pink Recycled Cotton Sweater Finished!


Eloise Sweater in Lion Brand Pink Recycled Cotton

Polly's Pink Sweater

Despite being a small child’s sweater, the Eloise Sweater took longer than anticipated to knit. Perhaps it was the fact that I tend to knit cotton on smaller needles since cotton has a tendency to stretch. For a child, this may not be a bad thing since the sweater could grow with the child. For Polly, I made the 2 year old size in hopes that she would grow into it. I think that my tight knitting made it more of a 1 year old size.


The Eloise Sweater pattern from Lion’s Brand is a bottom up pattern where you knit the back and two front panels and sleeves. Once you get to the yoke, you put all five pieces on a circular needle and knit a seamless yoke. Unlike a top down raglan sweater, there are seams to be sewn which can be a drawback for some knitters.

I  recommend this pattern for those of you in search of an easy child’s sweater. As a child’s garment, it  can be worn all year round. It’s a good carry around project since it’s small.

As for the Lion Brand recycled cotton, I thought the fact that it’s made from t-shirts cool. Also, it contains about one quarter polyester so that it can go through the washing machine which is a must for any child’s garment. I didn’t like the fact that the threads can come apart so that it occasionally results in pulled threads.

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Polly’s Pink Sweater


Polly's Sweater at the pool in York Maine

Polly's Sweater at the pool in York Maine

As a rule, I don’t knit for children. Despite the fact that you use less yarn, the items seem to take just as long as an adult project. 


Good friends of ours had a baby girl last summer and I decided to make a sweater instead of buying a baby present. I took the one year rule. I figured if it works for weddings, it is good for children. Besides, based on the experience that my siblings had with their children, many  baby gifts either don’t fit and never will or are out grown with record speed. Therefore, I decided to make a child’s sweater so that Polly could grow into it. 

I must  admit that I was enticed by the sample of the Eloise sweater in the Lion Brand Studio. It’s make from recycled cotton which comes from t-shirts. The recycled cotton contains about 25% polyester so that it’s machine washable which is a must for any children’s project. They’re dirt magnets and ease of cleaning is important to all parents. Further, the material was soft and there was an enticing pink that looked like a candy cane. 

One of the advantages of visiting the Lion Brand Studio is that they have a computer where patrons can download their patterns. In addition, there’s a yarn station where customers can test a variety of Lion Brand yarns. I hear that it’s very popular with FIT students. The store well lit and has special new yarns that Lion Brand is testing but are not available elsewhere. 

Having swatched the recycled cotton, I was on target for their gauge. Of course, I had to use a different size needle! 

As a small project, I brought Polly’s Sweater with me to Maine to start. My guess was that this small sweater would be done in a week. I underestimated that since I was using cotton, I made sure that I pulled each stitch tight. This added effort made my stitches more consistent but took more time. 

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Swatching – A Necessary Evil

Blocked Cotton Swatches

Blocked Cotton Swatches

I always swatch before starting projects which need to fit (clothes versus warshrags and shawls). As recommended, I then wash and block my swatches. While I don’t always make my swatches to a minimum of 4 inches by 4 inches, I do test the various repeats.

For the next attempt of the Botanica Medallion Sweater, I need to re-swatch since I am using three different colors of Tahki Cotton Classic in white (from a yarn swap), aqua (from Purl by the Sea in Montauk) and forest green (from Purl by the Sea in Montauk). As a result, I want to ensure that the colors don’t bleed which would ruin the top. In addition, I am going to increase the size of my needles to make the top more lacy. Hence, more swatching.

While I’m swatching, I am also preparing for another project, the Eloise Sweater which is a free pattern from Lion’s Brand. This sweater was on show in the Lion’s Brand Studio and looked multi-purpose. Further, the pink Lion’s Brand Recycled Cotton has a candy cane impression (from the Lion Brand Studio) so I am hoping that this will be fun to knit and a great gift for a little girl.

I strongly recommend swatching and getting projects ready in advance while you’re working on or finishing another project so that you’re ready to just start when the spirit moves you. This prevents lustfully starting to knit only to find that you’re way off in your gauge on the real thing!

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