Craft | Knitworthy: The Story of Sea Princess

Knitworthy is a term that knitters use when they are deciding if a person is deserving of a knitted gift. Yes, there are ranks too, for example, are they worthy of the special hand-dyed yarn? Are they worthy of the expensive skein? etc. I thought I’d share my Knitworthy story and also chat about a fabulous pattern too.

The Backstory

This story starts back in 2011 like most I was planning to get a jump on Christmas handknits and gifts. I came across Sea Princess by Elana Nodel and I fell in love with those cables. Like now, I needed a little support getting projects off my needles so this was a mini KAL with Lelknits. I had my sister in laws niece in mind and low and behold I did it. Isn’t she beautiful? I made this cardigan for a 3yr old using Drops Alaska and I think this is one of the reasons why this cardigan has stood up so well in the last 6 years!!!

The PatternSea Princess

The pattern itself is incredibly detailed and stretches over twenty odd pages if I remember but it is sized from 6 months to 14 years. Not only that but Elana also documents the pattern using both a DK and a worsted weight and has different charts for both the long and short sleeved version AND different levels of intricate back cables so you can choose those cables to suit your knitting level. In my opinion charging €6.88 for the pattern is under pricing. I can’t imagine the work that went into creating the pattern with so many sizes and options.

I won’t lie, there is a lot going on in this pattern. It is worked from the top down so from the very start you are working those beautiful cables using 3 different charts and working the raglan increases. It is not for the faint of heart or those having to stop mid-row. I knitted this entire garment in under two weeks and I was completely faithful mostly because the pattern demanded it. It was enjoyable and relaxing and I remember there wasn’t an error and there was a huge support group too over on Ravelry here. I was immensely proud of this cardigan when I finished it and I almost wanted to keep it even though I didn’t have children back then. I shook it off, wrapped it up and gave it to my now Sister-in-Law having no idea if I would ever see it again or if she would handwash it.


Flash forward to 2017 and my SIL was dropping off a box of clothes for my two little girls and she didn’t say a word about what was in there. The box sat in my hall on my to-do list for a few days before I opened it and unwrapped the beautiful handknits I had made for her children. Low and behold Sea Princess was staring right back at me in wonderful condition and the perfect size for my skinny 3-year-old.
I have never been so happy to see a handknit that I have made back in my hands again. It means the world to me that she kept it but also that I can now pass it on to my kids too, after that it will probably be archived if it’s still wearable. My kids are hard on their clothes, the monkeys. So folks, this, in my opinion, is the definition of a Knitworthy person. So it leads me to ask, do you have a Knitworthy story?





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