16 Sep 2014
15 Sep 2014
So here it is, a baby cardigan worked from a vintage pattern. It's not quite finished yet, still have to block it and find the right buttons.
The patten is very straight forward and haven't find any errors. It is also a fast knit, when knitting in the evenings you should be ready in just one week.
I love the raglan sleeves! Although there are not many patterns using raglan sleeves, the fit seems to me always better. Maybe, because there is no well-defined shoulder line, which makes the sizing forgiving. I think it is a great basic pattern which you can adjust - knitting plain or adding stripes, motifs, or a cable pattern if you like.
Hard to spot if you look at the original picture, but here you can see the moss-stitch border along the yoke which is knitted in stocking stitch:
close-up of the raglan yoke, this could be knitted in one piece as well:
The pattern instructs to knit the K stitches of the ribbing t.b.l., which means through the back loop. This makes decorative turned stitches, and also a tighter finish which I only used on the neck ribbing:
material & sizing:
I used my trusted Drops baby merino yarn in the color light beige. My tension was 28 sts to 10 cm,which is approximately the same as the suggested tension of 8 sts to 1 inch.
The finished measurements came out just a tad larger than the original:
chest (underarm circumference): 56 cm (=22 in)
length: 28 cm (=11 in)
changes I made:
pattern notes & tips:
- place remaining sts of back on holder
- placing buttonholes:
K4, inc, *K7, inc* repeat ** 3 more times, K3
You find the pattern HERE
12 Sep 2014
1. Picking up stitches is the most annoying part when you need to frog several rows of knitting. Here is a trick to make your work easier:
Frogging several rows
2. Struggling with knitting neat buttonholes? Here is a great tutorial how to do it easily and pretty:
How to knit neat buttonholes
3. Want to knit for a baby but no idea what size pattern to choose? Wonder how long the sleeves should be? Here is a handy overview for sizing from 3 to 24 months old:
Average sizes for baby sweaters
11 Sep 2014
Can you tell I'm really into knitting again?
I saved this picture below quite some time ago. How cute is this pattern?
It's from a Scandinavian, Hjertegarn knitting book. I really liked the idea of how the dachshund was knitted around the front and back, with the buton-eyes and now started a new baby cardigan with my knock-off of the dog pattern! It is a smaller, about 6 months size (I guess) and I'm going to use a raglan decrease for the yoke.