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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???

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!