My Petite Knit obsession continues. Truth be told, after watching Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, I immediately wanted to knit Ryan a light gray slipover.
When I saw Petite Knit’s design was a close match, I knew it had to happen. Funny where inspiration comes from. I used the Sille Slipover pattern from Petite Knit.
The Sille slipover is designed to have approximately 2.25-4 inches of positive ease and fits a bust circumference of 31.5-55 inches. I knitted a size L for Ryan, intended for bust circumferences between 37.5-39.5 inches. Ryan and I have nearly the same chest measurement. Although the slipover fits Ryan perfectly, I’d go up a size since I prefer 6-8 inches of positive ease.
The pattern recommends 450-500 g (1350 – 1500 m) of Aiayu Garn 100% baby llama wool (ball = 50 g or 150 m) and worked with two strands held together. That’s 9 – 10 balls of Aiayu Garn yarn recommended.
I used 340 g (1700 m) of Knitting for Olive merino (ball = 50 g or 250 m) in Pearl Gray. That comes to roughly 6.8 balls. That’s significantly fewer balls of yarn, but notice that the overall length is more for my version (1700 m versus 1350 – 1500 m). That’s because I added 3.5 inches to the length. The pattern states that the length measured from the top of the center back (including the neckband) should be 22.5 inches. Ryan’s slipover is 26 inches long from the top of the center back to the hem. Ryan’s tall (6’5″) and has a long torso.
If making the pattern as intended, 1350 – 1500 m of Knitting for Olive merino would be 6 balls of yarn. I was worried that the Knitting for Olive yarn wouldn’t work because it differs from the recommended yarn. I typically like to use the recommended yarn in the pattern to reduce frustration, but I absolutely hated all the colors of the Aiayu yarn. Luckily, my gamble worked this time around.
Gauge and Needles
The gauge is 20 sts x 32 rows [4 x 4 inches] in pattern on 4 mm needles with two strands of yarn held together. I love that I don’t struggle with gauge with Petite Knit patterns.
I used Pyrm Knitting-in Elastic for the neckband as well as the armbands. You don’t want the slipover to stretch out over time. Luckily the design includes 2×2 ribbing and a tight Italian bind-off, which helps keep the shape of the neckbands and armbands.
The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to lengthen the slipover to fit Ryan’s body length. As with all knitted projects, I knitted the slipover until I was 4-6 inches within range of the overall length needed. Next, I washed and blocked the slipover to ensure I didn’t accidentally knit the slipover too long. I wanted to get the perfect fit and didn’t want any surprises. The end result it a perfect slipover that isn’t too long or too short.
Now, I want to knit the slipover in all the colors for Ryan. It’s such a great fitting slipover!