Tuesday, September 26, 2006

pilgrim's progress

I can't lie- I've finished the sweater! I did take progress pics to amuse you all. Sheesh-I've never done, messed up, and redone something so much. For example, did sleeves in what I thought was clever ribbing, tried it on child, and arms looked like sausages. Rrip. I'm still considering ripping back the cuffs and reknitting them to make them smaller, but it's done enough for now.
First you see my (perceived) genius?

Sleeve gussets, avast! In the original pattern, where the sleeves are knit flat and then seamed, maybe one can fudge 14 stitches into nothingness, but with my sleeve in the round, I couldn't think of a better way. Plus, that gives more movement in the arm area and since I have a busy baby that seemed like a good idea.
Then... Icord border

Come on, it's ALL about that bright orange border. Though I weirdly had to go up 2 needle sizes to make it work, I'm pleased. Anyone else have luck with bordering garter stitch with Icord and being able to use the same needle size? Reading EZ's instructions, it did say to pick up one garter stitch "bump"- which I think means in effect one stitch horizontally for two rows vertically. Maybe her icording gauge was quite loose?
And now, I present- the sweater!

Pattern: Baby Sweater on 2 needles, from Knitter's Almanac
Yarn-random, tapestry yarn from a thrift store
Buttons- yummy gift from my sister
Needles- #8 circulars for body, #7 dpns for sleeves

Modifications: No lace pattern, sleeves done in the round on smaller needles, additional length in the sleeves, about an inch longer overall length. I-cord border added. I also started further along in the yoke, casting on 68 stitches instead of fifty, then increasing at a slower rate to get the same yoke depth. I tried the original around my daughter's neck and it was too small.
And of course, most importantly, the sweater on it's recipient.

Dad looks dubious, but baby says yaay!


  • that is so cute!!!

    By Blogger erin/pinkerbell, at 10:16 AM  

  • Now that's a happy baby!

    By Blogger Veronique, at 10:27 AM  

  • absolutely adorable!

    By Anonymous Lori, at 11:26 AM  

  • Fabulous sweater and a beautiful baby!! To cute.

    By Blogger Joie | la dilettante tricoteuse, at 12:08 PM  

  • That last picture is priceless. Cute sweater!

    By Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter, at 2:59 PM  

  • Charming! Great choice of colors in the stripes.

    By Blogger Jen, at 6:15 PM  

  • that is adorable... what a great, unique knit!

    By Blogger Jessica / Fig & Plum, at 6:34 PM  

  • Looks great! And is that a wool diaper cover I see? Awesome. I think maybe the reason the icord was a little off, if I remember that pattern right, is because the garter stitch border is knit along with the stockinette as you go, isn't it? When you're knitting something that is totally GS, picking up one stitch per ridge usually works out perfectly. But when you do a GS border as you knit the rest in Stockinette, the GS is pretty stretched (because st.st. is taller than GS over the same # of rows). That stretched GS works out okay, because you usually want your buttonbands to be a little firmer (so it doesn't flair). So you needed to kind of counter act that deal with the icord. If you did another one and planned on doing the icord, just go stockinette all the way to the edge, forgoing the GS. It'll curl until you icord it. Okay, so if I can't go on too long about this kind of stuff here, where then? Anyway, did that make sense? I so love the color. A completely different take on that sweater from any I've seen--EZ would be happy! --aimee wuridel@aol.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:59 PM  

  • REALLY divine!! Too cute to describe. I knew I would love your sweater when I saw your first post, but I never imagined the result would be so darn funky fabulous.
    good work.

    By Blogger Molly, at 8:27 PM  

  • That is an incredibly cute cardigan (and baby!). :-)

    By Blogger Bronte, at 12:04 AM  

  • Utterly adorable! And the sweater is pretty cute, too :)

    By Blogger Jenn, at 10:09 AM  

  • Such a cute, colorful, HAPPY sweater!!!

    By Anonymous Mango Mochi, at 3:56 PM  

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