February Baby Sweater.
Turns out that I didn’t fix any of the mistakes because it looked so darn cute once she tried it on. I still haven’t blocked it, which is terrible since it will probably look much better after I do. Unfortunately I’ve lost motivation to do another photoshoot – the model is impossible to work with. Fun, but impossible.
Pattern: February Baby Sweater from Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, color CW220 (provincial rose), about 1.5 skeins.
Needles: US 6, the needle saga is here.
Guage: 5 sts/inch
Finished width lying flat with buttons closed: 12.5″.
Start: March 30, 2007.
Finish: April 6, 2007.
I didn’t make any intentional modifications. I made mistakes – errare humanum est – but I forgave myself. First, I did too many garter stitch ridges for the yoke. I think that this makes it a little lumpy around the bottom section of the yoke, but maybe when I get around to blocking the lumpiness will even out.
Second, I left out a whole seven stitch repeat on one of the sleeves. I guess what happened was that instead of casting on 14 new stitches when beginning the sleeve, I only cast on seven. I have no idea how I didn’t notice the error sooner.
The buttons are vintage and if tapping them on my teeth is any indication, they are glass. I think they came from an estate auction in a box that contained an array of embroidered handkerchiefs, linens, towels, and men’s dress shirts. Most of the items from that box ended up to be trash but the few cards of vintage buttons made it a good buy.
I know some people say that they don’t like the look of garter stitch – in fact, I used to say that myself – but it’s really growing on me. It’s the simplest stitch in all of knitting, yet it can be quite beautiful and interesting.
Final verdict on this pattern – a big thumbs up. I will try it again and hopefully make fewer errors. I think I might even use the same yarn again because it was very yummy to work with.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with photographic evidence that toddler models can have a bad attitude.