Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Lace Edge Cardigan

November 2011

One last bit of Christmas knitting, this, for the daughter of friends of mine who have been very generous in passing on the baby equipment she has outgrown. This was the least I could do to say thank you.

Sirdar's patterns can be a little bit on the traditional side, but some of them are very pretty. There's something rather fun about being only the second person on ravelry to have had a go at any given pattern too!

I worked the back and two front sections in one piece and joined he shoulder seams with a three needle bind off. The usual mods to cut back on the amount of sewing required at the finishing stage. If I was to make this again, I would probably keep more of an eye on the sleeve length, as they seem fairly long, and as the lace pattern isn't reversible, folding the cuffs back isn't ideal.

The buttons came from Duttons for Buttons in York, chosen by my husband.

Pattern: Lace-edge cardigan from Sirdar 1520
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly 4-ply
Amount: 2 skeins
Colourway: 0341
Needle: 3.00mm
Size: 6 - 12 months
On raverly: here

Monday, 2 January 2012


November 2011

Here he is, the man himself, my son George... I can't help feeling that had he not arrived 8 days early, he'd have a heck of a lot more knitwear.

I'm an avid reader of Knitty, and I'd had my eye on childHood for some time - I actually thought I'd end up making it as a gift for someone or other sooner than getting pregnant myself. Funny how things turn out.

I adapted the pattern rather a lot. I wanted to make a set of coordinating pieces, and as the other patterns I had in mind for this were designed for dk weight yarn, I modified childHood by following the instructions for the 1-2 year old size. The logic was hat since the schematic for childHood showed the 0-3 month size had a 20" chest, and my gauge with the dk yarn was 22 stitches to 4", I would need roughly 110 stitches to get a similar size with a dk. As it happened, the 1-2 year old size started with 114 stitches if you added together the back and front sections, so it seemed ideal. This is what comes of reading Elizabeth Zimmermann!

I also shortened the hood by about 2" after reading a lot if comments from people how had found it a little on the capacious side. I find it a very useful piece of clothing to have on hand as the hood allows you to make sure the baby's head is covered even if you mislay his hat.

The only slight gripe I had with the pattern was that the button band has to be sewn on, and that's a bit of a faff, but then again, I hate sewing, and it probably wouldn't bother most people. Actually I did manage to make life slightly easier by working the fronts and back all in one piece, and the sleeves could be worked in round too, by anyone who has mastered the jogless stripes technique (so not me, then...)

Pattern: childHood by Natalie Wilson from Knitty, Summer 2003
Yarn: King Cole Big Value dk
Amount: 2 skeins MC, 1 skein CC
Colourway: 221 Pebble (MC) 46 cream (CC)
Needle: 3.5mm
Size: 0 - 3 months
On raverly: here