Saturday, September 23, 2006

Knitter's Almanac baby sweater

Hi everyone -- I’m Kelly, and have been knitting for almost exactly a year. The photo of EZ’s baby sweater from the Knitter’s Almanac is aspirational/inspirational – it was a baby gift to my now eleven-year-old daughter, and I didn’t know what I had until a few weeks ago – more photos and the story here. So I’m going to be trying one myself as a first Zimmermania project, as a gift for a knitting friend who’s expecting a girl in December. Any suggestions on yarn from someone who has made this sweater? Thanks, Kelly


  • This is a fun knit -- it goes together easily and quickly, and doesn't take much yarn at all. I used under 375m/400yds of extrafine merino left over from an Ene's Scarf, on 3.25mm needles. You can splurge on good stuff if you want, because you need only about 3 balls!

    I added in an extra k stitch at each side of the sleeves as a seam allowance, which made it much easier to sew and let me match up the Gull stitch perfectly.

    By Blogger Jeanne, at 9:06 AM  

  • I second everything Jeanne said - I even added the same extra k stitch on the sleeves! I made mine in fingering-weight alpaca, I forget what size needles. It was a lovely little pattern which I'll probably make again someday. I posted a picture of my FO to the Zimmermania Flickr group (linked on the sidebar.) There's something about it that looks incredibly polished and complicated, when the knitting itself is actually a breeze. Love that.

    By Blogger Kate A., at 3:19 PM  

  • The Gull Stitch sweater is a charmer. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca, I think 3 skeins, there's a photo on my blog. It's thicker than the original Shetland but makes a nice little overcoat. I got to see the baby girl I knitted it for this week, and it fit her perfectly. Such a classic design. BTW, you might consider not knitting down the sleevs but instead leaving the sleeve stitches live; knit the rest of the body; and then you can pick up the sleeve stitches and knit them down in the round. That way you can avoid the sleeve seam.

    By Blogger Jen, at 9:56 PM  

  • I used Rowan Handknit DK (100% cotton) and it was a perfect fit. It's tiring for the hands to knit lace in cotton, but it looks great finished. The idea of knitting the sleeeves in the round is appealing, but my gauge varies too much (loose purl stitches) so I'll have to seam, I think...

    By Anonymous Anja, at 5:10 AM  

  • Thanks, everyone, for the thoughts on yarn, and the pattern tweak. I've been swatching (and practicing the lace) on bits and pieces from my stash, and so far have been happiest with a bright pink Patons classic wool on US 4/3.5 needles -- but I might need a visit to the yarn shop just to be sure...

    By Blogger Kelly, at 8:33 PM  

  • Good luck with your sweater!

    This really is the perfect baby sweater - you can follow the pattern exactly or substitute almost any yarn and almost any lace pattern that pleases you. About three skeins of fingering will do nicely. I work the sleeves in the round and the body in one piece, then have only the underarm seams to do.

    By Blogger Ina, at 12:17 PM  

  • What size does this sweater turn out to be? I'm knitting for my sister, who is expecting this summer; the yarn I select will be based on the time of year she'll use the sweater-cotton for summer, wool for winter...

    By Blogger yamamama, at 1:32 PM  

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