Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ladybug


 One of Willow's many nicknames is "Ladybug" (proving, once and for all, that you certainly can give yourself a nickname if you really really insist on it),  and so I loved these buttons so much that I designed a sweater around them, and then went so far as to name the sweater after the buttons. 



It's a raglan with two button flaps, to get as many ladybugs on the sweater as is humanly possible.  And whoa look how crooked that pocket is in the photo (I've since fixed it, I swear).                         
I looooooved knitting this sweater.  I bought the yarn (Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky) without a real plan for the sweater, and swatched and knew I wanted lots of garter because it's oh so squishy, but wasn't sure what else to do.  And then I found the buttons and it all became clear.

I'm trying not to give in too much to unreasonable Madelinetosh love (though the thousands of colorways!  The machine-washableness!  The pretty names of the colorways!) but this yarn made me swoon.  It has just the right amount of twist, is very soft while feeling very durable, and is thick enough to feel substantial without feeling bulky.  I want to make matching Owls for Willow and me  with it when I'm all done with the book (you can tell I'm looking forward to the end when I start queueing projects).

9 comments:

MissingRib2 said...

This is a lovely sweater. The ladybug buttons cause the green to pop.

Elisa said...

I love it! the color and buttons make a perfect mix. best regards!

tonip1 said...

Love this sweater! Will the pattern be available?

Nikki Van De Car said...

Thanks for all the positive response! This sweater is part of the new collection I'm putting together, so it'll be available sometime in 2014.

foxesandtea said...

Aw. You always make me wish I had the patience to actually knit sweaters...

Ann Beaulieu said...

Hi,
When you say a "new collection" our you saying your putting together a new book? I hope so! ....

Nikki Van De Car said...

Yep, working away!

Marsha said...

I love the sweather!! the ladybugs are the perfect touch!! I would like to buy this pattern. Are you selling it, or is it in your book? Thanks!!

Nikki Van De Car said...

Thank you! This sweater is part of a collection I'm putting together for a second book...