Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Knits

I haven't been blogging (obviously). But I haven't been altogether unproductive. In the last couple of weeks, besides caring for my sick girls and a sick husband, I was able to finish knitting this spring sweater for Millie:


She's wearing it to school today, in fact, this official second day of spring. With her new shorts. It's supposed to get up to 83 degrees today. In March. I just shake my head...but I guess abnormally warm is at least more cheering than abnormally cold so, yes, we'll take it! And this is cotton yarn, if you wondering, so she won't be sweltering in wool or anything like that. Cool and crisp.

I've also been getting a good head start on Christmas 2012. This hat and scarf set will be for my niece. She'll be nine. It's suitably girly, I hope!


Specs are as follows:

V-Neck Sweater
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Seaspray
Needles: US 3, US 4
Size: smallest, with several inches added to length

I used recycled yarn given to me by my mother for this project and I started to run a little short. That, as well as the fact that it has been so unseasonably warm, prompted me to make this with short sleeves instead of long as in the pattern. I knit the smallest size based on my daughter's chest measurements but added several inches to the length of the body to compensate for her height. The only other modification I made was due to the cotton yarn not really pulling in very well in the ribbing around the neck. I think this is a pretty common problem with cotton yarn. I overlapped the ribbing in the point of the V and stitched it down to make it lie better. That seemed to take care of things. All in all, this was a success!

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Lacy Hat and Scarf Set
Pattern for Scarf: Loosely based on Baby's Feather & Fan Scarf by Denise Jackson-Holder
Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love in Antique White
Needles for Hat: US 3, US 4
Needles for Scarf: US 8
Size: One Size

Aside from going down in needle size, I knit the hat according to pattern. I did leave off the knitted flower in the second half of the pattern, as I thought the hat was already plenty fancy and didn't want to overwhelm it with embellishment. I was a little concerned about getting the size of the hat right, but it fits my six year old and it fits me, so I think it'll be fine for a nine year old as well. That slouchy design makes it pretty versatile, I think.

I made many more modifications to the scarf pattern than I did to the hat. I used the feather and fan pattern stitch from Baby's Feather & Fan Scarf for the lacy ends but added a 4 row ruffle to each end and knit the greater length of the scarf in simple garter stitch, as follows:

(Except for ruffle, slip 1 knitwise 1st stitch of each row)

Ruffle:
Cast on 120
K 1 row
K2tog across one row
K 1 row
K2tog, K1 for 1st 30 stitches/K1, K2tog for 2nd 30 stitches

Begin Baby’s Feather & Fan pattern, 6 repeats

K2, K2tog, K until 4 stitches remain, K2tog, K2
K 1 row
K2, K2tog, K until 4 stitches remain, K2tog, K2
K in garter stitch until scarf is desired length minus the length of the lacy bit at the beginning

Reverse by increasing to number of stitches necessary for Baby’s Feather & Fan pattern over the next few rows.

Begin Baby’s Feather & Fan pattern, 6 repeats (if I recall, I began the pattern on row 3, and ended the 6th repeat after row 2…it seemed to match the beginning end of the scarf better this way)

Reverse ruffle by increasing to same number of cast on stitches over the last 4 rows.

Cast off.

Very improvised...I just sort of figured out the decreases and increases as I went along, but I think it turned out fine and it matches the hat quite well. I'm excited to have finished a Christmas gift this early, as I usually realize sometime in late November that I haven't started anything and just won't have time. Now to decide who's next and what to knit!