The vital statistics
Pattern: Molly by Debbie Bliss from Junior Knits.
Size: the smallest size which is 3-4 years.
Yarn: 60 per cent silk 40 per cent cotton recycled from a Boden cardigan that I bought at, where else, Value Village.
Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm.
Start to finish: 21 February 2009 to 2 March 2009
Comments: The pattern calls for an Aran/worsted (10ply) weight yarn knit at a gauge of 18 stitches per 10cm.
Verdict: This is a pattern that I have been meaning to knit for a long time. Debbie Bliss' Junior Knits was one of the first pattern books that I looked at when I stated knitting as there was a copy at the St Kilda library. It's lovely to realise something from so early in my knitting career.
It is still a bit large for baby bear - I guess that a brooch or pin to keep it together would be helpful but no, not on a two-year old. The pattern was reasonably straightforward. There is some short row shaping in the collar but no directions for wrapping and turning at the end of the short row or for then picking up the wraps. I did wrap the stitches at the end of the short rows but didn't bother to pick up the wraps as it was in the rib and they wouldn't be too noticeable. It was a nice break to work on some stretches of stocking stitch after having done so many lacey projects lately that required me for the most part to work from a chart. As there were no armhole seams the finishing was pretty easy too - just two long seams (side/underarm/sleeve) and the ends. Ah the ends, they never end but then, neither does the knitting!