Showing posts with label Sweater. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweater. Show all posts

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sophia knits Sophia

Once again, I've used the wonderful template that is the Baby Sophisticate sweater to create something unique. Sophia's Sweater:


My friend has had a new baby girl, and her name is Sophia. I was so inspired to knit for her! And it was so much fun to make something a bit girly.


I used Debbie Bliss Rialto (2 skeins) and my own fishy chart. The first picture is most accurate for colour - it's almost a pond scum green with a rose contrast yarn and real pockets of course.


Please remember that the Baby Sophisticate pattern runs very small, so always judge your size by the chest measurement - under the arms - and this will tell you how much to increase before putting the arm stitches on holders. A good standard chart for baby sizes is here:


This is from the BBC Homepage, England. These are body measures, and don't include ease, so I recommend adding an inch or even two (I like to be generous with baby sweaters so that they can be used for a long time) to the chest measures.

I have to say, I really enjoy knitting baby sweaters. Who wouldn't? They are fast and usually simply put together, and can be customized in infinite variety.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Invisible buttons

See? I told you the little beige buttons wouldn't show much!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Daisies on the Inside

The final Spring baby sweater for the little guy is finished and I'm pretty pleased with the result!


This is the Lazy Daisy Jacket from, a great knitting blog for anyone with little ones. I know I've given this link more than once before, but it's just full of really cute and colourful patterns for kids and babies so I go back to it again and again.

Sweater Stats:
Size: 18 months - 22 inches under the arms; arm length from neck 14 inches; sweater length from neck to bottom 12 inches
Needle size: US 6 circular
Yarn: E. Lavold Baby Llama (109 yds) from the Lamb Shoppe in Denver, Colorado
A) Colour 024 Sand 4 balls (and I used every bit)
B) Colour 027 Flaming Red 1 ball
C) Colour 025 Dark Brown 1 ball
D) Colour 031 Warm Blue 1 ball
E) Colour 028 Cloudberry 1 ball (this is the yellow colour)

One thing I've found about Pickle's patterns is that the sleeve constructions are often pretty complicated and usually require lots of piecing together and/or seaming. I plan to make this sweater again, but I'll modify it to be top-down and seamless, which is pretty easy to do. I'll post the modifications when that happens.

You'll notice right away that the design of the coloured part of my version doesn't look like the original pattern. That's because I put my daisies on the inside! I like the inside of the pattern stitch better but the sweater is perfectly reversible and this is what it looks like with Daisy Stitch the way it's meant to be seen:


My other modifications include more rows around the neck to make the shawl collar more prominent - and I used short rows instead of cutting the yarn and piecing the collar as called for in the pattern; and ribbing on the cuffs and the waist. I wanted this sweater to have a long useful life - and sleeve cuffs can be rolled up and then down as the little guy grows.

My buttons:


The little guy loves dogs! As you can see, I only put two buttons at the top, thinking this would be the way he'd wear it most times - just a quick fasten and we're good to go! But now I'm thinking that maybe I should use some little beige buttons down the front; they won't show, but the sweater could be completely closed. I don't know, what do you think?

Finally, I'd like to send a BIG thank you to the ladies at the Lamb Shoppe in Denver who were knitting beautiful patterned mittens from Piecework magazine while I was there and took the time to help me think through my sweater yarn and colours and generally encouraged me! Kindness to knitting strangers is a gift that just keeps paying forward.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Oh Handsome Boy!

Just finished blocking the Oh Handsome sweater and had to show it off:


I love Pickles patterns! The set-in sleeves are not really my thing but the finished sweater is so cute! I used Rowan yarns Lima, which is a woven alpaca yarn - very soft and vibrant blue.


I can't wait to see this on the little guy! He'll have to roll up the sleeves, but if the yarn wears well he'll probably be able to wear this for a couple of years. I made a combination of the 1 year and the 18 mos size, so you can see that it runs large - but only by a little.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cheeky Monkey

Another sweater for the little guy is finished. I just can't seem to stop making these, and he's growing like a sunflower, so he needs a new size every couple of months!

This one is called Cheeky Monkey:


Yarn: Louet Gems (100% washable merino) Sport weight, 2 skeins (Used 1.5 of the skeins)in Chocolate
Madeleine Tosh Sock (100% superwash merino) Fingering weight, 1 skein (I used about 1/10 of the skein) in Rhubarb

Needles: Hiya Hiya interchangables in size 4; Brittany DPNs in size 4

Size : 1 year (22 inch chest)

Buttons: Monkeys!!!


I love the little pockets. I like to put pockets on all my sweaters, even infant sweaters. It gives you place to clip a little toy or other tiny necessity.


My bf liked this sweater so much, he wanted me to make a big size for him! It would be cute for a guy with a shawl collar....


My next sweater for the small guy is going to be a Doctor Who style sweater... can't wait!

Thursday, March 25, 2010



The baby has already outgrown his Baby Sophisticate sweater, the one I called "The Librarian", so I made a new one, carefully calculating a larger size...

The first: "The Librarian":

At first I planned to make this one exactly like the first - I even bought the same yarn. But I happened to pick up two skeins of navy Baby Cashmerino (Debbie Bliss) at my LYS and it really gave me ideas.


To make the right size for a 20 lb, 6 mo old baby I knit it according to measurements:
21" around chest
7" long from underarm to hem
6" from underarm to sleeve cuff
10.5" length from shoulder to hem

This pattern uses a US size 8 circular needle, and about 125 yards of DK yarn....

It fits perfectly and I hope to get some modeled pictures soon!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Juliet in Summer

I don't think I've mentioned that I finally wrestled my way out of my knitting funk (by way of socks, naturally) and embarked on a summer sweater. I chose Juliet, by Zephyr Style Knits:


As usual, my favorite style is a raglan, knit top down all in one piece. I wanted a significantly lighter weight - the pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn held double on a size US 10.5 needle - so I'm using fingering weight on size 9. As you can see, It's loose and airy. I've just done one repeat of the lace pattern:


The yarn I'm using is Plymouth cotton and silk - very soft and drapey; in fact exactly what I was looking for. This pattern is so easy I don't know why I haven't done it before. My only excuse is that I'm a terrible slacker and prefer fast projects with as close to instant gratification as I can get. If more sweater patterns were like this, I'd get a lot more done. I shy away from set-in sleeves like a horse from snakes. And don't even mention a sweater that's knit in five pieces and then sewn up!

I've been knitting on this while watching the Red Sox - Yankees series this weekend. One more baseball game today, but I don't think it will be quite enough time to finish this sweater. The Friday night game was very knit-worthy because it went into 13 innings, starting at 7 and ending close to 1 am!! Sadly, we are losing badly. What's with the Red Sox these days?

Oh, sorry - back to knitting.... Oddly, this vintage glass button looks much more green in person than in this photo:


I'm not sure if this is the right one, and besides, the pattern calls for two buttons. What do you think? Should I use this one or search through my box for two others? How about two vintage mismatched buttons?

In other news, I think I've placed my last yarn order of the year, unless there's a sale at Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the winter. Economy woes have started to trickle down and my place of work is going to have 9 unpaid days a year for two years (though I doubt if they'll ever re-instate them). Actually, they've decided that that these unpaid days will be holidays, so that means we no longer have any paid holidays at all. On those weeks, we'll just get a smaller paycheck. Merry Christmas, folks. Thank you very much Mr. Scrooge. This sock of coal is just what I needed to warm my little hands. (oops, sorry - just imagining my future!)

But I know you want to see this last order, don't you? It's very beautiful!


These are all lightweight sock yarns (STR) and the colourways are Peekaboo Peony, Siren's Song, County Clare, Sockgate, Crabby McCrabbypants, Beached, and Sea Mar. I have no ideas yet for how I'll use these. All I can say in my defense is that I had a gift certificate for Blue Moon and I was seriously envious of all my friends who are out at the Sock Summit at the Convention Center in Portland Oregon right now, and especially at what I can only imagine is the best yarn marketplace ever.... My timing is flawed. I'll be in Portland in 3 weeks... Don't eat all the VooDoo Donuts, guys! Save some for me!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

a seasonal sweater

My penchant for vintage silhouettes often leads me to sweaters that have body-conscious shaping and style -"sweater girl" sweaters. One of these is the Spring Forward, Fall Back Sweater from the Thrifty Knitter, the author of Naughty Needles. I knit this design from 6 skeins of Noro Silk Garden for my sister as a Christmas present...

noro on1

All during the knitting of this sweater I doubted the finished object: the neck seemed too loose, the body too narrow, the colours of the yarn I chose non-harmonious. All I can say is "trust the pattern" because none of these things were an issue in the end. The blocking helped a lot to smooth the lumps of knitting and it looked so great on her:

noro on2

noro on3

Modifications - I added at least 2 inches to the narrow torso part, and more to the bottom edge. I didn't use the size 9 needles on the cuff and bottom ribbing, because I didn't want these parts to pull in. I did use size 9 on the neck ribbing... The rest of the sweater uses size 10 needles. I also made the sleeves long, long, long and flared them into bell sleeves with more ribbing than the original design called for. My version took 6 skeins of Noro Silk Garden with some bits left over from each skein. I skipped one of the colours in this Noro colourway - a flat brown - because I didn't like it; I just clipped it out and reattached the clipped ends when this colour came up in the skeins. The hardest part was matching the colour changes across arms and body, and although it turned out rather well, it took a lot of thought and planning and matching of skeins because with Noro, the colour changes don't match from skein to skein even in the same dye lot. It all worked out and the colour really suits her, I think!

She asked for more sweaters from this pattern. The fact that it's a top down raglan that would work up really quickly now that I know how to fit it to her specifically, means that she'll get her wish!