Last night I finished the sweater. I am so pleased with the result.
Pattern is from Roos, no. 3000A, which was a gift from her, but you can easily adjust an Ottobre or other pattern.
I liked this one because of the square pocket.
I used a honeycomb stitch for the seams.
I had a lot of trials on the appliqué. Made a tower, made a second one by stitching strait on the fabric (with stitch-and-tear in between), looked on the internet for iron-ons. Thought about making a lighthouse and a rescue band (too obvious). Decided to not add anything at all. And than suddenly, a light bulb went on in my mind and shone on the creatures of the sea. I used them before. Pelle has this lovely book about a tiny little white fish who is searching for his mum. He meets all those animals and the each have a different color. “Is this the mother of little fish?”, “No, this is a crab, and he is red”. So there was my inspiration.
The red crabfish.
I tweaked it a little (both scales up, otherwise the appliqué would be to big), stitched it with a dark thread to make it look a bit sketchy, added a little yellow for the contrast and there it was. The tool to give the sweater it’s personality.
The sweater is very comfy, and I hope he will wear it very much.
(I might change the end of the sleeves, though. Give them a real cuff. I'll see).