Wednesday, July 14, 2010
A Knitting Project
Sound the trumpets, I've started my first knitted garment!
I decided to go ahead with the February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman but upsize it for my almost 4yr old girl. I'm using notes from various sources on Ravelry including Soulemama's, and hoping it will turn out well enough to wear.
Yes, I'm still in my jammies, it's cold here you know. See that chubby wubby hand in the picture? She's now very good at grabbing everything, even with her eyes closed.
I cast on 60 stitches, am using Addi Turbo's: size 4mm 80cm circular needles.
I am also using my very small stash of wool. I think this is Baby Layette 4ply I picked up from Spotlight ages ago.
The pattern calls for garter stitch (the purly bumps you can see curled up) but I prefer the look of stockinette which is the knit stitch in the front of the work. There's something about purl knitting which I do not enjoy.
Anyhoo, I also used her Make 1 increase, which is essentially a backwards loop hooked onto the needle creating an extra stitch. I love doing it this way. I found (later on) that this creates little eyelet holes though. I do like the look of it so I am leaving my increases that way. I have read that you can do a knit front and back (kfb) increase which doesn't leave holes.
The scary part is when I will be starting the separation for body and sleeve.
Wish me luck, I have no idea what I am really doing from here-on out.
If you have any tips please let me know.