Forgotten Entrechat

The other day someone was asking about a nice red colorway of Malabrigo, and I opened up my blog to look up that lovely little shrug I knit a few months ago using a gorgeous shade of red Malabrigo, so I could recommend the name of the colorway.

Except the shrug wasn’t on the blog.

Huh.  I knit it during a very tumultuous time – I was newly pregnant and very sick, we were dealing with health issues in my family, and there were many stressful things at work – and I nearly questioned myself whether I knit it at all.  Then I found the pictures, they had even been edited!  And then the printout of the pattern, with notes on it and everything.  I guess I didn’t imagine it, after all, I only forgot to blog about it!

Pattern:  Entrechat by Lisa Chemery, 12-18 months size.  In my notes I marked the shrug as being 10″ from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the peplum, about 10.5″ across when measured at the armpits, and 9.5″ across when measured at the shrug’s most narrow point (a few inches below the armpits).  As far as I remember, I made no changes to the pattern.

Yarn:  Malabrigo Worsted in Geranio, about 150 yards.  That’s less than 1 skein!  What a delightful and quick way to whip up something so cute!

Needles:  US 7.

I do remember really enjoying knitting this pattern.  It’s quick, simple to execute, and the result is darling.  I especially loved the gathered peplum in the back:

I knit this shrug for a little girl whose mom was very helpful to me and my family during our tumultuous spring.  I paired it with a simple white cotton dress when giving as a gift.  I thought the little white button I picked up at my local Joann’s went very well with it.

It’s not typically my style to blog about things I knit five months ago, but I will follow the motto, “better late than never”!

Little textured sweater

I am about 1 month away from having my baby, and it seemed like the right time to knit her a little sweater.  I really loved how the striped raglan sweater I finished a little while ago for my friend came out, and decided to knit this project as a kind of fraternal twin – I used the same yarn colors, and the same stitch counts/dimensions.  Bonus of this approach:  I already had all the yarn in my stash, wound and ready to go!

Pattern:  Top-down raglan with a stitch pattern at the yoke of my own creation.

Yarn:  One of my all-time favorites for baby knitting:  Berroco Vintage, in mochi (off-white), dark denim (navy), sunny (yellow), and fennel (heather green).  I used US 5 and US 7 needles.  I used less than 1 skein of the yellow, and just a little bit of the other three colors.

Finished dimensions:  18″ chest circumference, 6″ sleeve length to underarm, 10.5″ shoulder to hem.  I was aiming for about 3-month size (for this winter – my baby is due at the beginning of October), and I hope I came close.

It’s interesting how the exact same set of yarn colors can look so different depending on how it’s knit up!

About the stitch pattern:  I wanted to come up with something that would allow the colors to flow one into the next, but without needing to strand anything.  This stitch pattern accomplishes that – it’s just a clever combination of slipped stitches, knits, and purls.  Each color is used for 3 rows, which you don’t see very often, for a reason (it’s usually 2 or 4)!  Three rows means that if you carry the yarns up the side, as I did, sometimes you work a row from the right side, and sometimes, from the wrong.  That can get confusing, especially because there are increases to be made every other row.

But with a little practice, you get used to it, and I think the results are well worth it.  The fabric ends up having a nice texture to it, and you’d never know that there wasn’t any stranding, or any post-knitting finishing, like weaving in lengths of yarn.

I like the stitch pattern so much, that I’m currently working on a complementary sweater for Gregory:  same textured yoke, but a different main color and finishing.  Details TBD, though I better hurry up if I want to finish before baby girl is here!

Knitting dilemma

Here’s an interesting dilemma to ponder over the weekend:

I am embarrassed to say that this project dates back to August 2011, when I was home on maternity leave with my first child.  At that time, I cranked out a few knits from the wonderful 60 Quick Baby Knits (my review/preview here), including this sweater, called the Sweet Pea Cardigan.

I have no recollection whatsoever about why I was knitting this sweater, and to whom I planned to give it, but as you can see from the photo at the top, I basically finished it, even blocked it.  Recently, while organizing my stash and projects, I re-discovered the sweater, and decided that, hey, maybe I should do something about it now that I’m about to have a baby girl.

The reason this sweater has been in time out for 3 years is that I could not get the picot facing around the opening of the sweater and the hood to lay flat.  If I recall correctly, I re-knit it a good 5 times, each time picking up fewer and fewer stitches, but it continued to flip out, even with aggressive blocking.  Is it something about the way I tack down the back of the picot facing?

So, my knitting dilemma is: what should I do with this sweater?  Unpick the picot facing and try again?  Tack it down in a different way?  Re-knit the facings using a different stitch pattern?  I think garter and seed stitch would not look good, but maybe plain stockinette, or attached i-cord (like here) or something?

I’m also pondering exactly how I will attach those ribbons, now that I’m faced with having to do so.  I don’t think I can simply leave them off, as the pattern has a nice wide stretch of fabric for their placement.

What do you think???