You guessed it: REID!!!
Pattern: Reid (Rav link here)
Yarn: MC Patons Grace Viola, CC Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy Deepest Purple
Needles: El Cheapo crappo size 2 aluminum circs and very nice Addi Lace size 2 (but a different size 2), also one crochet hook at 2.10mm.
Button: Something I picked up at JoAnn’s
Started: October 2006
Finished: March 13, 2008
Reid had a lot of firsts for me: first lace, first seams, first sweater, first fancy crochet edging. Oh yeah, first button.
So about those needles. I knit the back and started one of the fronts with the Cheapo Crappo (I think they were Plymouth Speedway aluminum) needles. The join was terrible – like a stairstep that would catch every single YO. That needle has become Ladybug’s toy. I upgraded to the Addi Lace one day when I just couldn’t stand it. I didn’t think there would be a difference in size. As I recall, the Addi was .25mm larger than the other needle. Oh well!
Let me just say that the Hempathy is not fun to crochet with. (I don’t know all the technical terms, but) it was made up of two main plies, each ply consisting of multiple other plies. I had to be very careful to catch both main plies every time. I did get better at it as I went along, so some of my problems could have been beginner issues.
Yes, the sweater is big. It’s not too big, though. Ladybug should be able to wear it this Fall and maybe next Spring, too. If she will ever allow me to put it on her. I had to bribe her to put it on this morning. She’s not a sweater girl. She will not be getting another hand-knit sweater until that changes.