This sweater has been finished for a long time. Months, in fact. I didn’t intend to let it go unblogged for so long, but I never got around to taking photos. Anyway…started a year and a half ago and finished this past August, here is Assemblage:
I knit the 40” size since my gauge was a little tight and since I liked the way the model on the pattern instructions looks in the oversized sweater. I also added a couple extra inches to the length.
Norah Gaughan’s pattern is obviously very well-written, and the stitch pattern on the collar and cuffs is TO DIE FOR. I was knitting a sleeve in the airport when a woman stopped dead in her tracks to gush all over it. I couldn’t even say thank you, I was just all, “I KNOW, right?!”
The only thing that keeps me from falling madly in love with this cardigan is that I don’t think it’s really my style. I don’t know why I didn’t figure this out before I knit it, but it’s entirely possible that I was mesmerized by that gorgeous stitch pattern. Although I’m happy with the execution of the finished product, I don’t know how much I’ll wear it. Any of you fashionistas have ideas for styling this handknit differently? There is another button at the top, if that makes a difference. What I’m wearing in the photo is a total snooze. Maybe it needs a skirt and boots or something…
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This is the first knit gift I’ve finished for my nephew-to-be. I actually had a hard time finding a satisfactory sweater pattern for a baby boy. I wanted something that was a little different, but not too cutesy, and still interesting to knit, but would not make my nephew roll his eyes rightout of his head when he looks back on his baby pictures 13 years from now. (Yeah, I thought that far ahead.) I finally decided that Elinor’s Seed Stitch Baby Jacket would be just about right. It’s a simple little hoodie, but the texture and double-breasted styling make it just special enough. I used 3.5 skeins of Elann Superwash Worsted in “wheat” on size 6 needles, and chose some dark brown leather buttons to contrast. All that seed stitch slowed things down significantly, and made my wrists ache if I worked on it for too long, but I am so happy with the finished product that I forgive you, Seed Stich. Other than that, it was a fairly easy knit, although somewhere along the line it is apparent that I completely forgot how to use a measuring tape, so I adjusted all subsequent measurements accordingly…sort of….looks proportional to me, anyway. And this is what I like about knitting for babies: they are every size at some point in time. Whether Mom stuffs them in that sweater on the particular day that it just happens to fit is another thing altogether. (Be vigilant, Sis. I want pics of the little guy in this one!) There are a few more photos on Flickr, too.
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