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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???

Striped raglan baby sweater

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I’ve been busy knitting and crocheting this, that, and the other.  Most recently, I finished a sweet little striped raglan baby sweater for a friend who’s expecting in a few months.

Isn’t it so cute?

Pattern:  Just a top-down raglan, with a little neck shaping, a garter button band, and ribbing at the hem and cuffs; I didn’t follow any particular pattern.

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.

Finished dimensions:  18″ chest circumference, 5.25″ sleeve length to underarm, 10.5″ shoulder to hem.  I was aiming for about 3-month size (for this winter – baby is due beginning of November), and I hope I came close.

As you can imagine, knitting a wee sweater with 4 different colors of yarn results in a ton of yarn ends.  But I took this in stride, and wove in the ends as I went, as much as possible.  Besides, if you want a colorful sweater, you have to have lots of colorful yarn ends, right?

Not too terrible, I hope.

I was really pleased to find nicely complementary buttons at my local Joann’s.  They are yellow with a thin white/green kind of rim, and just the right size.

I hope this little sweater fits, and that the recipient looks great in it!

Sock yarn scraps

For a long time now, I’ve thought about the best way to use up some of sock yarn scraps that I’ve collected over the years.  The idea of a blanket – one made of smaller strips or squares – appealed to me, because it would be conveniently portable on the train to and from work.  I bookmarked a few patterns on Ravelry, including Bear’s Rainbow Blanket, Pathways Blanket, and Triangles, Diamonds, & Squares, Oh my!.

At the end, I decided to give the Triangles, Diamonds, & Squares, Oh my! a try.  I knew I had a lot of neutrals in my stash, so they would serve as the main color.  Various other colors, whatever I happened to grab, would be the contract colors.

Happy little pile of happy little squares.

The square are worked using short rows, but the pattern doesn’t give any explicit directions for making and picking up the wraps.  As we all know, the most invisible short rows of all are detailed in Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters (in my opinion, at least).  For this particular project, however, I decided to work a variation that would allow a visible seam on one side of the squares.

 

I can’t decide whether I like the totally squeaky clean side (left) or the side with the visible wraps (right) better.  What do you think?  What project are you knitting or crocheting to use up your sock yarn scraps?