FO – Top-Down Seamless Raglan Baby Sweater!

I finally, finally, finally finished Gabriel’s baby sweater!!!

For as long as I’ve been putting off the buttons, they really make it come alive.

So stinking cute.

Pattern: Top-Down Seamless Raglan Sweater by Carole Barenys for Knitting on the Net
Size: about 18-24 months; dimensions: 11″ wide across body, 12.5″ long, sleeves are 7.5″ from underarm
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic in color #9905 Bone, less than 1 skein
Notions: 5 natural wood buttons, 5/8″ size, by JHB (they are either #1774 or 50951 – the packaging is unclear); Coats & Clark sewing thread
Needles: Knit Picks Options size 6 circular, size 5 straight (for ribbing)

Modifications: I used a heavier yarn weight than recommended, resulting in a larger sweater. I tried to approximate the same proportions based on the amount of button holes and the ratio of sleeve length to body, rather than going by the measurements as written in the pattern.

Started: March 2007, as a different pattern
Finished: finished knitting in August 2007 (with many delays), sewed buttons on December 2007

Those who have been reading this blog from the beginning may remember that this sweater started as an ill-fated, or maybe cursed garter stitch cabled sweater. It went through several fatal errors until I finally found the right pattern. I decided against giving the accompanying hat I made, since I can’t imagine the huge bulky seam would be comfortable to wear.

I delayed this project for months over nonsensical fears, such as picking up the stitches to knit the arms on DPNs and most notably, sewing on buttons.

I’m so glad I finally finished it because it’s just plain adorable. I love this pattern, and I highly recommend it. The yarn is beautifully suited, with a gorgeous drape and the added benefits of being stain resistant and machine washable. I’m pleased with the color and the style of the buttons; I think it gives it a classic, sophisticated look. (Can you tell I’m just a little happy with it?)

It’s all ready to be gifted, and only – what? – 9 months late. I’m thankful I had the premonition to knit it in a much larger size so that just in case I behaved true to form, the baby would still get ample wear out of it.

Let’s hope they like it!!!

Previous Entries on this Project:
Notes from the Pile
The Beauty of Monogamy
Oh right, this is a knitting blog
This sweater is cursed
So Much Better
Finishing, ugh
Cabled Baby Set

Happy Socktober!

It is with great pride and happiness that I present my finished Jaywalkers:

I am so in love with these socks.

Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina, from the September 05 MagKnits.
Size: larger (9 inches around foot, 9-1/2 inches from top of leg to bottom of heel)
Yarn: Patons Kroy 75% wool 25% nylon, 4-ply sock yarn, color 54801 Krazy Stripes; I used two 50-gram balls and 7.4 grams of a third (about 30 yards), for an approximate total yardage of 436 yards.
Needles: Knit Picks 6″ nickel-plated double-pointed needles, set of 5 size 1 (2.25 mm)
Modifications: I unintentionally added a few straight rounds in the right toe. I vastly prefer the one done according to the pattern.

Started: originally in October 2006, then put on hold many times
Finished: October 24, 2007

I have mentioned my deep and intense love for this pattern before, but really, these have been the perfect first socks.

The pattern was easy to memorize and had just enough variety to stay interesting while remaining a perfect “pick up and go” kind of project.

I learned all about sock construction, including turning a heel and Kitchener stitch, and I cannot wait to make more socks after such a wonderful experience.

This yarn was a pleasure to knit with, through and through. The finished product is so delightfully cozy.

Smokey instantly approved.

I must trust him. That cat is an expert in comfort.

So there you have it. My first socks, my first knitting with wool (and my feet can tolerate it!), and a wonderful project through and through. I can’t recommend these highly enough!

Previous Entries on this Project:
A Jaywalker walks into a bar… ouch
The Jaywalkers Saga
Sock Bliss
Unconscious Knitting

More shrug pics (also, I’m home)

I am home at last from Italy, and I had an absolutely amazing time. I’ll be writing a lot and posting photos on my regular blog soon, though I am still adjusting to the time and getting back into my life here.

I will say, I got a lot of use out of my cropped raglan shrug in Italy (in the above photo, I was on the Lido in Venice). We had to cover our shoulders to go into churches, which we did quite frequently for classes. I also found my shrug to be perfect over dresses in the evenings, and because it washed so wonderfully, I wore it all the time.

These two were at the botanical garden in Padua, which I just loved.

I didn’t bring any knitting with me to Italy, nor did I find any yarn shops. I was honestly too busy painting and studying to get around to it. Since returning, I’ve knit on my Summertime Tunic a bit, but I had better get back to work on the baby set before the baby grows out of it!

I hope you all have had a lovely summer thus far, and I look forward to getting back in touch!

FO Cropped Raglan Shrug

With days to spare before I leave for Italy, I finished my cropped raglan shrug!

I just love it.

(click photos to enlarge)

Pattern: Lion Brand Cropped Raglan Sweater, free pattern #70111
Size: L, 41″ bust
Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love 100% acrylic, 4-ply worsted, color 099, Antique White, dye lot 34787
Needles: Susan Bates size 7 straights, KnitPicks Options size 8 & size 7 24″ circular, KnitPicks size 7 DPNs
I picked up 120 stitches instead of the called-for 94 when knitting the front bands. I also knit the arm ribbing in the round on DPNs to diminish the amount of seaming.

Started: April 23, 2007*
Finished: May 31, 2007

* – Project was put on hold for quite some time in attempt to make the cursed baby sweater. Actual knitting time was much shorter.

I loved this pattern. It was easy, moved quickly, and was enjoyable to knit. I love the eyelet detail on the raglan increases. I thought it was exceptionally well proportioned and easy on the assembly.

The yarn was really nice in my hands and it feels wonderfully soft and comfortable to wear. The openness of the fabric makes it nice and breathable.

I am intensely happy with this shrug and think I will get a lot of use out of it abroad and upon my return. It just now occurred to me that this is officially my first wearable FO, and considering how easy and pleasant it was, I am inspired to start cranking out more!

Previous Entries on this Project: Indecisive Shrugs, Shrug On