This is a sweater from the new "More Big Girl Knits" book- I just LOVE it!!!!! The designer is Tara Jon Manning, and it is just a wonderful design. The yarn called for (Crystal Palace Creme) I did not have access to, so I went into Wool Tyme (here in Kingston) and found what will probably be my new base yarn (to me, a base yarn is one that I use to design with-my other one is Fleece Artist Silk Stream-it always looks great). Anyhow, this one is Stahl Ole. 51%Pima cotton and 49% fine merino. It actually reminds me a bit of Rowan Wool Cotton (another fave) but without the price tag (this is very reasonable). Ole has similar yardage to the Wool Cotton (difference of a metre I think) I can't seem to find it on the net- but trust me- a really wonderful yarn. It would work for kids' clothes, as well as adults. The colour I bought is a rich magenta pink- with a touch of purple in it instead of the "too bright" tone it sometimes gets. Anne had a pink (like a bright one) and a purple in stock. It has a really nice "hand" to it.
Anyhow, the deal with the sweater is that you knit the band sideways, then pick up stitches on either long side to knit the top (bodice) and the bottom (skirt). Since I am bigger on top, I am knitting the larger size for the top (I just knit the smaller size for the band, picked up the stitches for the smaller size for the top, then increased in the bustline area, with a few more centre back, to make up the stitch count for the next larger size). And then the skirt part will be the smaller size, not adaptations- except maybe length. We'll see.
Off to the Quilt Show with Mom- Ta!