The third sweater I have been making for the kids came off the needles on Thursday, was sewn up on Friday (finishing just barely before Wee Man woke up from his nap) and has been blocked over the weekend. It is, as expected, on the large size but is shorter than I would have expected. I found a few things not wrong but missing from the instructions and also ran short on yarn and had to modify the collar which has made it not as deep as shawl collar as in the pattern pictures.
The pattern is from the book The Expectant Knitter by Marie Connolly. I used Drops Karisma in the Dark Grey Mix. I got gauge and had the same amount of yarn as recommended so I am not sure why I was short. The pattern was missing an indication of which needles to use for the collar (the smaller ones), and also there were no directions to join the left shoulder (the same way as the right shoulder). These were easy to guess the correct solution. The directions for the decreases at the neckline on the front where positioned differently on each side – I found this odd and changed them to match. When working the short rows, the instructions indicate to pick up the wraps on the final row however because of the way the short rows are worked the wraps have been worked prior to this. I skipped picking them up all together but another option would be to pick them up as you come to them whilst working the short rows. The sewing up instructions I felt could have been more detailed, in particular I would have liked an indication of which edge of the collar to attach to the garment. I used the cast-on edge which seems to have been the right decision.
Overall the sweater is a good idea but I think if I made it again I would be heavily modifying it in both dimensions and in how it is worked.
Pattern: Shawl Collared Sweater by Marie Connolly
Made for: Wee Man
Needles: 4mm and 3.5mm
Yarn: Drops Karisma in Dark Grey Mix – 250g
Notes: See above