Yeah, it’s knitted, but I’d still call it art at this point. I used this pattern as a starting point and took some artistic license with the rest:
The dark blue yarn is impossibly soft baby alpacka that was left over from the fashion industry and dyed by awesome indie dyer Tant Kofta (tantkofta.se). The teal is also dyed by her and is mulberry silk. They are both leftovers from a shawl so the yarn is quite thin. I used a 2 mm circular knitting needle and the magic loop method. Since the yarn is thin the fabric didn’t turn out too dense and I’d looooove to be tiny enough to wear it.
Luckily I had some knitting help to ensure I didn’t knit too fast and tire myself out.
I drafted up a chart for bead placement and ended up knitting the body of the sweater slightly longer than in the pattern. The beads are knitted in on both sides of the sweater.
Naturally it needed blocking after weaving in all ends and sewing up the openings under the arms. So I did a tiny version of my regular finishing treatment. First it got a bath in the good wool soak.
Roll up in small towel to get excess water out…
And pinned it to my tiniest blocking mat. The pins are not really needed for a sweater, but for something this small it’s not a bad idea to anchor it to something.
Even tiny items of fashion should be wrapped up in pretty paper for delivery. The smallest sticker I could find was one I found too pretty to use as a kid so it seemed right for the project. I wanted to use the good supplies and the good stash for this.
This was a very satisfying project for the first Lettucecraft edition of the One Tiny Thing swap.