FO: Soldotna Cropped Tee for Two!

I finished my Soldotna Crop last week and I just kept thinking, should I make one for Jellybean? So I took my knitting time yesterday to whip up a tiny Soldotna Crop for her too! It was such a quick knit for myself that I couldn’t resist whipping one up for her. She’s just so tiny and cute.

Mini Soldotna
Her poses are my favorite thing ever.

I wanted to knit a Soldotna the moment I saw it. The color possibilities are endless and I knew with the short sleeves it was meant to be a cotton knit. I think a lot of people think that it’s a cropped top and it can be, but the great thing about knitting is that you can customize things to your liking. I’ve seen some great tunic length versions, don’t be intimidated by a cropped top or just think about them as layering pieces – no matter what your size.

Soldotna cropped

The yarns I used were Cascade Sunseeker in the bright purple and bright orange. I couldn’t get pictures to really show the sparkle in it but it makes it even more fun. The light peach color is Berroco Weekend DK (discontinued) from my stash and the white is the Hikoo Abracadabra color changing yarn that goes from white to lavender.

Soldotna cropped

I decided to knit mine to hip length, so it’s not cropped but it’s not a full length tee. I can still wear this with a high waisted paint or layer it over a dress. I also chose to omit the colorwork from the body since this is a summer top. The colorwork all over can get to be a bit heavy and I wanted the body to be light and breezy.

Jellybean was very patient and understanding as I knit her top and did fittings. I think I could’ve placed her armholes a bit more forward so that her back laid smoother but it’s just me being picky about it.

Mini Soldotna

I also had to shorten the colorwork charts just a tiny bit because she’s so small. There isn’t a large yoke to work with but I made it work. You can clearly tell it’s a Soldotna Crop when you see it next to mine.

Mini Soldotna

I honestly do things like this because it makes me smile and giggle the entire time I’m doing it. If it doesn’t make you happy, why knit it? I learned that lesson a long time ago. I was slogging through a baby dress pattern I just hated and then realized I could just pick a better one. And then it came out so cute! So I think silly projects like this make me happy and they make everyone on Instagram laugh when I shared the progress of making this in my stories. So if I can spread a little bit of happiness and joy into the world with the things I knit, I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing.

Mini Soldotna Cropped Sweaters

62 Replies to “FO: Soldotna Cropped Tee for Two!”

  1. Beautiful sweater…looks great on you, but Jellybean?! Over the top CUTE AS A BUTTON!

  2. You are right, the story and pictures make my day! You and Jellybean are a glorious vision. Yay you!!

  3. perfect!! love the colors and you and jellybean are definitely stylin!!!

  4. Really pretty! And the length is perfect for you. Bravo!

  5. Gorgeous sweaters!! And that puppy… that is TOOOOOOOO cute! Jellybean is adorable!

  6. Gorgeous sweaters! I’m envious of the speed in which you knit your sweaters. Jellybean is so cute in her sweater!

  7. Adorable, both of you! Why do I have a German shepherd dog who does not need/would not tolerate a similarly cute sweater?? Also: those clogs are dreamy, where did you get them?

      1. Many thanks! Off to shop clogs obsessively for hours, there goes my morning! 🙂

      2. U r the Greatest and LOVE
        The Jellybeanster 2

    1. That was going to be my question too! They are perfect for that sweater.

  8. Love it , I cant stop smiling at the pictures. Your post started today off on a happy note. Thank you for posting. Jelly looks AWESOME and you are very Chic and Gorgeous.

  9. You and Jellybean look gorgeous! You two are adorable and you made me smile! I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the world and then read your post – I feel soooo much better now! Thank you for your joy and silliness.

  10. Will you be sharing a pic of it in the sun with the colour changing yarn in its purple? I would love to see it! Looks like a fun knit!

    1. It has been cloudy whenever I wear it but if I get it on a sunny day I’ll snap a pic.

  11. Thank you for the joy you share. And please keep knitting and sharing. I look forward to your posts. They always make me smile.

  12. You are both adorable and look so cute together. I can feel your joy just by reading your post.

  13. I am in awe of your “whip it up” skills! Everything goes together.
    Look into Lion Brand ZZ Twist yarn if you’ve not already. It’s acrylic but knits like a cotton with no pilling and the colors are so brilliant and no fade.

  14. I love that you focus on the fun of knitting! Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. You 2 are just the CUTEST😍
    Love seing your posts in my inbox!! (I read you before MDK when you post!)

  16. Well that’s just the happiest post and pictures I’ve seen! Beautiful all around.

  17. Ah I love your matching doggie sweaters! We’re all glad you do it to make yourself giggle, because it makes us happy too! You always pick the perfect color work colors, your sweater is perfection!

  18. “If it doesn’t make you happy, why knit it?”
    Thanks for this reminder, Dana. You inspired me to frog back on a project that had way too many twisted knit stitches. Now I’ll procede with st st and I’ll be much happier. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I love your blog!

    1. Oh my gosh, it looks so good on you (and Jellybean, too, of course)! Your color choices are perfect – that pop of darker orange and purple at the hip is perfect!

  19. Dana, this is hands down my favorite thing you’ve ever knit for yourself and Jellybean! What a tableau to see you two together in these beautiful matching sweaters. Glorious colors! I’m just about to start a Soldotna and I appreciate your modifications and the reasoning behind them. And you’re right about spreading happiness via knitting; I just laughed out loud with delight when I saw your post today.

  20. Beautiful! The sweater fits you perfectly. I wish I could knit as fast as you. You are so right about knitting what makes you happy . I learned that the hard way too! I so appreciate your inspirational attitude! Keep on keeping on.

  21. Once again your pictures and blog make me smile! Also, the orange body color solved my own question about how to use some orange yarn I just purchased (from a site you recommended). I really enjoy your blog.
    Joanna Koss

  22. Dana – when I got your email with the photo of you and Jellybean wearing these beautiful sweaters, I was almost speechless – then I, too “laughed out loud with delight” (as Carol said). Thank you for the shot of color and fun and happiness! Now I really want to leave work and go home and knit…

  23. Dana…this makes me so happy to see your beautiful, creative pieces! You and Jellybean are just so darn adorable, I can barely stand it! Thanks for spreading such incredible joy!!!!!

  24. Jellybean’s matching sweaters always make me smile. Love those shoes as well.

  25. How can you not love this. You both look too cute!

  26. Oh Dana, these pics made me smile. You amaze me with your speedy knitting! The sweater(s) are beautiful!

  27. That last pic of you and Jelly Bean is so wonderful! Your knitting as always superb and the shoes are Divine!

  28. Now my son wants a sweater for his parakeet. :). Small bird, big personality, but I don’t think he’d go for a sweater!

  29. You are the queen of spreading joy and happiness, indeed! Love your top and teeny tiny version is beyond adorable!

  30. OMG!!! You two are SO ADORABLE!! I love the colors and how you put them together, but JELLYBEAN??!! She is just about the cutest thing ever!! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and that sweet baby with us!!

  31. The picture of the sweaters, yours and Jellybean, is so funny and adorable. Keep up the good work…I love reading your blog.

  32. You should add to your job title, “spreader of joy”.

  33. Wowsie!! What beautiful top and the colors are so vibrant. You have a great sense of colors and textures. Jellybeans 🐶sweater is soooooo cute! The two of you are a great pair🙋🏽‍♀️.

  34. Oh, my gosh! I feel like I’m watching “Who wore it better, Jellybean or Dana?” Don’t make me decide! You both look fabulous!

  35. Love this!! The top has been on my list, but I didn’t want to knit it because of the short sleeves and crop length. You’re right! there’s no reason and can’t lengthen both.

  36. These sweaters are just so darned cute on you and on Jellybean!!!!! When you picked out the colors on your video and I checked out the pattern I just couldn’t visualize but they came out SO GREAT! Congratulations

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