According to my Ravelry account this Honey Bee Sweater was finished in July last year. Yesterday was the first time that Summer has worn it. Cue eye roll! I think we’re at the tipping point of not wearing handmade for a while. Eeeep!
I knitted this sweater during our break to Harp Cottage last year. We had such a lovely time and I have happy memories of knitting this in the sun at the cottage or whilst out and about drinking coffee and eating cake and spending some much appreciated alone time with Dave.
I’m eternally grateful to school for planning a year six trip away, and to Nana, Grandad and the Newcastle cousins for taking care of a small boy and the fur babies to let us escape.
They’re doing the same this year at the end of June whilst the boy goes to Borwick Hall. Dave and I will be heading for Northumberland to the Folly at Middleton Hall. I think it’s an understatement to say I’m excited for the break!
Anyhoo…back to the sweater.
Whilst its unseasonably mild in Lancashire at the moment (although pretty grey and gloomy for the most part) this sweater needed a second layer underneath. I think I love it even more with this polo necked fine sweater. It’s not how we’d envisioned it being worn but she loves it like this.
The pattern is Honey Bee by Dani Sunshine. It’s such a lovely pattern and the honeycomb design at the front yoke is very simple to make.
I got so lucky with the buttons. They’re as close a colour match as I’m going to lay hands on in my neck of the woods. These are from Hobbycraft. Very accessible.
The honeycomb design really elevates an otherwise quite plain and simple knit. The rest of the sweater is stocking and garter stitch. As it’s knit in the round, once you’ve cleared the yoke, it’s mostly just simple knitting with the odd purl row thrown in
And, of course, the sleeves could easily be lengthened, should you prefer that.
The yarn is Sublime Extra Fine Merino Double Knit (489) Riviera. It’s a lovely soft yarn for smallish people to wear. It gets a lot of use in my knitting circle for children’s knits as it’s not too spendy, has super colours and is easy to find. It’s washable and hardwearing and just generally everything you’d want for a child’s sweater.
This particular pack was gifted to me by The Coven (my knitterly pals) during a stash clear, and there was plenty to make a sweater for Summer.
I normally prefer her in stronger colours because her colouring is so soft, she can look washed out. But this blue is pretty on her, and with the navy, it’s just perfect.
I’m hoping she’ll still want hand made, but I’m feeling the influence of “the cool girls’ at school. Its a struggle between wanting her to maintain her individuality in the face of peer pressure, and, on the flip side, not making her any more of a target for bullies and mean girls.
It’s a tough one. All bases are covered at the moment with some slightly ‘trendy’ shop bought stuff added to the mix. But I’m also thinking that maybe it’s an opportunity for us to be creative and for me to delve deeper into styles and fabrics that will pass muster with the school crowd whilst still having her own individual stamp on them. Keep everything crossed…I’m not sure I’ll pull it off!