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Last-Minute Reprieve

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Yes, I actually come bearing a knitted item and yarn pr0n. Proof that I do still knit, and occasionally finish things.

First, the finished thingy.

Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover by Joelle Hoverson
Pattern: http://www.purlsoho.com/_gr/our_books/childplacketsweater.pdf
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in Aqua and Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby 4 Ply
Needles: US 5 circular

Notes: I was very determined to use up my stash yarn for this project, so it made gauge a bit tricky. I also think that baby patterns aren’t the most accurate for sizing. I ended up double-stranding the Dream Baby, and using one strand of the Debbie Bliss in alternating rows.

I’m no expert (and this was the third baby sweater that I’ve made) but I found the instructions for attaching the arms pretty confusing. Now that I’ve done it once, I’m sure it’d be easier a second time around. I think the stripes make it more interesting, but it would be a lot less work making it in one color with alternating cuffs and collars. It’s a pain in the butt to line up the stripes of the arms and the body.

I’m happy with how it looks, but a few of the finishing details look sloppy no matter how much I mess with them. The right arm ended up with a small blip of stripe that doesn’t match up to the body of the sweater. And when I sewed the bottom edge of the placket to the body, it pulls at the other stitches causing a bit of a warp. They aren’t terribly obvious though, and I guess that’s how you know it’s hand-made!

And finally, my older son and I stopped in at Knit’N From the Heart on our “Super Special Top-Secret Fun Mommy and Aidan Day”. Its just a coincidence that it was two shops down from where we had lunch. Really, it was. He surprised me and asked a thousand different questions when we got inside, and was fascinated by the antique spinning wheel on display. When I showed him the sock yarn, he asked me to make him some toasty socks for his tootsies this winter, and I let him pick out the yarn.

This is only the second pair of socks that I’ve ever made, but I already like the yarn a ton more than the Tofutsies I used on my last pair. It feels like actual yarn instead of string. I bought two skeins because I have no idea how much yarn a pair of child’s socks will take. I figure if I have any left over, I can make baby socks or booties for Jamie.

I was thinking I’d just try to master a simple stocking this time around instead of a fancy pattern. It’d just get lost in those lovely colors anyways. I’m going to try out Evelyn Skae’s Most Basic Kids Sock, and see how it goes.

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Written by Milwaukee Knit Chick

August 27, 2008 at 1:41 am

Posted in Finished Projects

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  1. The sweater turned out so cute! And mine did the exact same thing at the placket. Drove me crazy!

    Rebecca

    September 3, 2008 at 8:53 am


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