What a Hoot - A Story of two knitted Owls.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


They say to never work with animals or children.

Now I understand why....

We tried a few weeks ago to get some photos of Oscar and I in our Owl & Owlet jumpers, before he really out grows his (it's already borderline too short), and well, I'd say we were slightly successful.

In terms of my Owls jumper, I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to make it! It was fast to knit (says the slowest knitter ever), especially with a chunky weight wool and a cropped waist, and the pattern itself is so well written.

I did add some extra length to the sleeves, but otherwise, a massive thumbs up, I would change nothing else about this jumper and definitely plan to knit more.

The Owlet on the other hand, while it's still a beautiful and well written pattern (and it let me practise my first ever cables. They are so much easier than I thought they would be and really rather impressive!) I really wish I had made it much bigger than I did.

I thought I was being safe knitting up the 3-4year old size for my 20 month old (at the time of finishing) even though he was the size of a 2.5 year old. I added in some extra length to the body and sleeves, but really, it was already quite fitted when I finished and it was rather heart-breaking to realise he wouldn't get at least two winter's wear out of it like I had planned, even after some rigorous blocking.

The pattern has since been updated, and while I haven't had a chance to look at it, I have my fingers crossed that they have re-jigged their sizes a bit to allow more ease for children to grow into their jumpers.  Just to give you some perspective, at the time of taking these photos, Oscar was 2years + 2months but actually the size of a 3 year old - you can see in the photo below that if I hadn't added extra length, it would be to short for him to wear now (as it is, it's a little borderline).

I will more than likely make it again though because it is such a sweet little pattern, but I'll definitely make sure I'm paying more attention to the size and will learn from my mistake and have a bigger jumper to hand that I can measure against.

It was a great little introduction to cables though and definitely gave me the confidence to start my own Owls (and then start browsing more cabled patterns...).

"Well someone's gotta fix your hair!" 
Also, the best photo of both of the jumpers at the same time.

For more in-depth info on both projects, you can head on over to my Ravelry pages for Owls & Owlets.

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