I had two yards of a soft pink rib knit in my stash, picked up from the $2.97/yard mystery pile in the back of G Street Fabrics' Falls Church, Va., location. Normally I would choose a cotton/lycra knit for something like this, but I already had this in the stash, in the right color, so ...
|Excuse the dirty tights please!|
Anyway, without a chart, I guessed on the 3T for both girls. It worked, but I definitely need to lengthen it. I think I might do a sleeve cuff next time too, to bring it in a little more, since I get wavy hems even using my walking foot (I feel like maybe it doesn't work right).
The sweater is a very easy sew, especially if you have a serger. I did most of the work on mine, only heading over to the sewing machine for a couple instances of basting and top stitching.
I made a couple of alterations. I noticed that the pattern calls for neck binding that is the same length as the neckline. In my experience, this makes for a floppy neck. I might have risked it if I were using a cotton/lycra blend, but since my knit's recovery isn't so good, I decided to cut the binding shorter. I measured my neckline (it was 24" for the 3T), and cut my binding to 20." I also cut the bottom band two inches shorter than the bottom of the main shrug, for the same reason. It worked well.
I think I will get a lot of use out of this pattern - I bought the extended size-range one, that goes up to 12 years.
(Little sister is sick and wasn't feeling up to modeling for me.)