Bloosgrl’s Wonderful Wallaby Modifications

Bloosgrl’s Wonderful Wallaby Modifications

In knitting my first Wallaby in a children’s size 12, I discovered several problems and made several modifications.

  1. I adjusted the number of cast on stitches for my knitting gauge.
  2. I only knitted 2 inches of ribbing instead of 3.  Three looked very long to me.
  3. The sleeves would have been 12 inches around had I followed the pattern.  I decided to only make them with an 8-inch circumference.  And casted on 34 stitches.  In other words, know your gauge, take some measurements and do the math to make sure it will fit !
  4. Knit body, pouch pocket and sleeves as directed, and add an inch to length of body and sleeves.  So both body and sleeves in this case were 16 inches long before being joined instead of 15.
  5. When joining the body and sleeves, I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Percentage system.  So I left 8% of the total number of body stitches on stitch holders on waste yarn.  My total number of body stitches was 124, so I left 10 stitches on a stitch holder.  You will do this on both sides of the sweater, where the underarms will be, and for each sleeve. When all four sets of stitches are on stitch holders, put all remaining stitches on one long circular needle, matching the underarms.  Leaving those extra stitches off made it much less tight for me.  I could barely get my right hand needle into the next stitch to be worked following the Wallaby instructions.
  6. For the yoke, I basically followed the instructions for a raglan sweater in Knitting Without Tears  by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  Knit about 1-2 inches of stockinette, before working any decrease rounds.
  7. Place markers where the body and sleeves join.  You will have four markers.
  8. Knit to 2 stitches before the first marker, K2tog, K1, SSK and repeat.
  9. Work alternating decrease rows and stockinette rows until you only have 6 stitches left of each sleeve.
  10. Skip the ribbing and start the hood here.  Follow the pattern instructions, but measure the hood to make sure it fits. For example, the size 12 called for 9 inches of length on the hood when I really needed twelve.
  11. Finish as directed in pattern.



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  2. Stitch-n-Snitch said,

    I’m sure you’ll make some poor pattern users extremely happy!! 🙂

  3. Terassa said,

    Good day. I like the pattern, but I can’t figure out the pouch! I mean, I know how to attach (well start it), but when knitting, I can’t figure out how you get from 66 sts. to 38 sts. ?? I see the decreases in the second row, but it says repeat the two rows, dec every other row 9 times… so you are only knitting the second row when?

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