Friday, June 08, 2007

Sweater for Lucia

Pattern: CH33 "Baby Brights" by Fiber Trends (scroll down the side to find it)
Cascade 220 Superwash, color 837 (I think)
Completed: January 2007
NEW SKILL: wrap and turn, joining sleeves into a sweater body

I happened to see a sample of this pattern in the local art co-op, and thought it seemed like a good first knit baby sweater. I've since discovered much easier patterns, but am glad that I took the time to get comfortable with this one. It was my first project with raglan sleeves and using this small of a needle (I have a bit of a phobia about small needles). But I liked that you knit the button band in with everything else, and knit in the buttonholes, and didn't have a ton of seams to do.

I was looking for a project for Lucia, the daughter of my friends Anke and Chris from seminary. Never mind that I was a bit late (Lucia was born in August 2006). I decided to make this in the 12-month size and just hope that it would still fit her and not fit her just when it was summer and not needed.

I think next time I'd go for making this in the smaller size, as the smaller needles and larger size (and fairly simple pattern, apart from the raglan shaping etc.) meant that at times it seemed to go on and on forever. The sleeves almost look too long (although I suppose you can always roll them up). Plus I think I'd not put the buttonholes in there, and instead put big snaps and cover them with buttons. Probably a lot easier for parents! But it felt really good to finish this and gave me a good sense of accomplishment.

(Oh, and the buttons are little purple hippos. Cute!)

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