Pink SS Cardigan

I just finished a cute project for my daughter. I got the yarn a little while ago when a local craft store was getting rid of their yarn section. It was quite a deal.
I found the pattern "Baby Sweater on Two Needles" from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter's Almanac. Then I found the February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne on Ravelry. Neither was the size I wanted, so I improvised. I took the top part with the ragland sleeves from the February Lady Sweater, and just adjusted the number of stitches I started with. For the lace part, the ribbon yarn I was using wasn't good for the lace pattern called for in either pattern, so I improvised that too. I ended up doing a drop stitch lace. On the 1st row you do a yarn over after every stitch, and on the next row you drop all the YO's. Then I did 3 rows of garter stitch and started the lace pattern over. I made sure to leave the first and last 4 stitches in garter for a nice border.

She really loves her new cardi. It's pink and everything! On to the next project!


In the Round Baby Mittens

A few weeks back I was making a baby hat and wanted to make a pair of matching mittens to go with it. I couldn't find a pattern that I liked completely. I did find a cute one, but it was done in 2 pieces and then sewn together. I hate doing seams, so I revised the pattern so that I could do it in the round. Here is the pattern. Based on Super Quick Baby Mitts by Dilys Sutherland

1 set of US size 9 double pointed knitting needles
Worsted weight yarn (1 skien will make many pairs of mittens)

Cast on 30 stitches. Separate stitches evenly among needles.
Join into round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Rib in k1, p1 ribbing for 1"

Make eyelets as follows:
Knit one round
*k2tog, yo. Repeat from * to end of round
Knit one round

Knit in stockinette stitch for 3"

Shape end:
Round 1: *K4 k2tog* Repeat from * to end of round (25 stitches)
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: *K3 k2tog* Repeat from * to end of round (20 stitches)
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: *K2 k2tog* Repeat from * to end of round (15 stitches)
Round 6: *K1 k2tog* Repeat from * to end of round (10 stitches)

Move stitches onto 2 needles, 5 stitches on each needle.
Finish: 3 needle bind-off
Weave in ends.
Thread ribbon or cord through eyelet holes at the wrist. (Picture shows a braided ribbon in the same yarn used to make mittens)


Happy Labor Day!

I haven't been on in a while. Life gets so busy sometimes. I am now 6 months pregnant, my oldest child is starting 1st grade tomorrow, and my little boy is getting into everything!
I just wanted to stop in and update the blog a bit. I will probably post more later.