This year I knitted seven Milos for Milo May, including one “tester.” The designer of the Milo pattern, Georgie Nicolson, asked for people to test some larger sizes and I volunteered to be one of the testers. Here they are!
I finished the three that I showed you here.
This first one incorporates a beautiful pattern from the Little Pine Gansey found at Ravelry.
This one incorporates a textured cable on reverse stockinette.
And you’ve already seen this one; it was made with leftovers from a sweater I made for my granddaughter.
This one was made using up the leftover wool from the first one. I thought I could eke out a newborn size, but I ran out.Happily, I knew somebody it would fit!! Thumbelina is thrilled to have a little vest!
Now it was time to knit the test garment. We got the pattern mid-month. One of the requirements to test the new sizes was that I have a model. I don’t really know any kids that age/size but I remembered that a former co-worker had two daughters. I contacted her and asked if either one (or both) of them would like a vest and be a model, and one did! I wanted to get started right away so I went to Michaels to pick up some yarn. (Just kick me if I ever say I’m going to Michaels again for yarn!) I asked what color she would like and what style cable. She chose teal and the large cable. Michaels didn’t have a huge selection, but I bought two different yarns and texted to find out which one she preferred, then started knitting. And it started out okay:
I got gauge (or so I thought) on size 5 needles, but halfway through I knew something was wrong. I hated it. First of all, there was so much blank stockinette that a solid yarn just looked, well, boring. Also, I used Russian joins to join the second skein and at a point where there was a knot in the yarn, and those were really visible. And lastly, it was HUGE! I was aiming for a 30″ and this was at least 32″. I just couldn’t go on.
Luckily, the Virginia Yarn Crawl started that weekend. With so many yarn shops to visit, I knew I’d find something I loved, and I did, at That Yarn Shop in Fishersville. Isn’t it luscious? You should feel it. It’s merino wool.
I had one weekend left and plenty of yarn so I made one more, a 12 month size using a pretty diamond pattern. This is also baby alpaca – the same yarn as the one above. It’s SO SOFT!! So that’s one more Milo May under my belt. This is one of my favorite “go to” patterns, especially for road trips and/or using up left over yarn, so you’ll see plenty more in the future! But that’s it for now! 🙂