Monday, May 21, 2007

New to the blog with a couple questions....

Hi all! I've been knitting for awhile, but had never heard of EZ until someone in an online class I'm taking "introduced" me to her. I've been poking around a bit and I absolutely fell in love with the sweater on the cover of "Sweaters from Camp." It looks difficult, but I can't really see the picture well enough to be able to tell properly. Is anyone familiar with that pattern?

Also, has anyone ever tried felting a BSJ and if so, did it work?

Thanks! I have no pictures or projects to show, but I'm sure I will soon. I'm going to be an aunt for the first time in December! :-) Suggestions of must-knit baby EZ patterns are welcome also...

Looking forward to hanging out with all of you!


  • I've never felted a BSJ, but I have tried felting other things in garter stitch.
    This was my impression- the ridges remained distinct but got really fuzzy- so it looked rather like it had been felted unintentionally.

    Other folks may have had more success than me, hopefully there are some good pointers out there!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:52 PM  

  • i think all the 3 'famous' ez patter i.e. tomten, the february sweater, and the bsj are must-knits for any aunt. my great niece has been especially fond of the tomten and the february sweater. tomten is very good for wearing in the pram. knit on.

    By Blogger knititch, at 12:11 AM  

  • I've seen the cover sweater in person--it is even lovelier than you could gather from the photo! In most respects it is as difficult to knit as any 2-color stranded garment, that is to say, not all that hard but it takes some skill. What puts this particular sweater into the VERY EXPERIENCED AND ADVENTURESOME category is the circular-set-in sleeve construction. This is wonderful and makes the sweater fit like a dream, but if your knees quail at the thought of doing all that figuring, just knit the sweater as a drop shoulder. You'll love it!

    By Anonymous Janine, at 7:58 AM  

  • You may want to check with School House Press as they can put the color yarn packages together for you.

    I do believe that some of the colors will be discontinued soon, so if your heart is really set on one sweater in particular( even for the future) you may want to check on this now.

    By Blogger luv2knit, at 4:08 PM  

  • Thanks so much for your suggestions and comments, everyone! I appreciate them all very much...

    By Blogger blackbeangum, at 5:54 PM  

  • I compared felting a stockinette swatch and garter stitch swatch of some Cascade 220 yarn. I definitely perferred the outcome of the stockinette stitch and didn't like the texture of the felted garter stitch swatch. The ridges still showed after felting.

    By Blogger metcalfbibb, at 6:49 PM  

  • I've felted garter frequently and gotten it past the point where the ridges show. What you have to do, though, is felt the living hell out of it. This means that when you felt it far enough to get a smooth surface, you have a very, very thick and stiff fabric. It's good for slippers, boxes, bowls, etc, but too thick (in my opinion) for a jacket or anything else you'd wear on your body.

    By Blogger Kate A., at 12:29 PM  

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