Weasley sweater for Mini

Last Saturday I went on maternity visit at Evelien’s. At the beginning of February, she gave birth to her second baby, a boy named Lucas – code name Mini.

I already knew it was going to be a boy, which gave me pause to figure out what to make.
For her little girl, over a year ago, I made a ballerina doll, and even though it’s in fashion now not to stereotype based on gender, I found it a little strange to make a ballerina doll for her boy too. But what was I going to make then?

After some hesitation I finally chose a piece of clothing, after a pattern I’ve been wanting to make for a while now: The Weasley Sweater
Just like me, Evelien is a huge Harry Potter fan, so chances were she was going to like this.

I first intended to use Gryffindor colours (red and gold), but I knew Evelien didn’t like red all that much. I also knew that the baby’s room was going to be dark blue with yellow accents and since I’m partial to Ravenclaw myself, I eventually chose blue and bronze for this project. And once the birth announcement arrived, I knew I had chosen well!

Of course I didn’t know the name of Mini in advance (even though I suspected), so I couldn’t knit in the letter in advance. But since changing colour in knitting often creates weak spots in the fabric, I decided to duplicate stitch the letter afterwards.

The embroidery hasn’t turned out as neat as I wanted, but I do like how the letter pops.

If I were to make this pattern again, I would try adjusting it to knit in one piece, since the seeming makes it look less professional, in my opinion.
But in the end I’m happy with the result. And I think Evelien was too.

The details
Pattern: The Weasley Sweater by Alison Hansel
Letter L by Lilliput and Kitty Crafts
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Royal (135g) and Gold
Needle: 5mm
Gauge 10cm² = 19 stitches over 27 rows with 5mm needle
Size: Child S to get size 9 to 12 months (ideal for next winter)
Ravelry project: Weasley Sweater for Mini