Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sweater for a baby who cannot yet be named

Pattern: Pea Pod Baby Set by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Little Lehigh in Playtime
Completed: early October 2007
New skill: Lace from a chart (not by instructions)

This project was born rather unexpectedly--I had the pattern, I'd been meaning to try it in order to build my lace skills and use a chart for the first time--and in the flurry of packing to go to England, I tossed the pattern, the necessary things and two skeins of Little Lehigh in my bag. Not my first choice of yarn (it's cotton/acrylic instead of cotton/cashmere as the pattern recommends) but it was all I had and I didn't have time to hit the yarn store on my way out of town. Nor did I feel like buying yarn for this at British prices with the weak dollar.

Well, I ended up casting it on to see how it worked, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's not cushy when only worked with a single strand, but it's not rough at all, especially considering the fiber content. It shows off the lace well and was reasonably easy to knit something challenging with. It makes a nice light sweater, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. (Granted, I made some wonky mistakes...I think I knit one side longer than the other, just by a few rows...relying on blocking and the collar to make things right after I found the mistake.)

I'm a little concerned the neck is too small. Don't babies have thick necks? And it took forever to make myself sew on the dumb buttons and snaps. Snaps was a good idea, except that it takes three times as long to sew the buttons on when you make them snaps.

Now I'm making the hat to match. Cute!

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At 7:16 PM, Blogger KA said...

Very cute! I tried the link and it came up a blank page. Could you pass on the pattern?




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