Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Baby Sarah's Sweater and Hat

As I may have mentioned before, a lawyer pal of mine is having a girl baby next week. Her C-Section is scheduled for Monday, and I can't believe I finished the sweater and hat even before the baby arrived! (There is a still unfinished "bee sweater" - yellow and black stripes, with bee buttons -- somewhere in the depths of my stash, originally planned for Ethan, now about to turn 3). Here are the specs:

Yarn: Cascade Superwash 22o.
Needles: Size 5 for the borders, size 7 for the body.
Size: 12 months, or so.
Pattern: Made it up. Yep, my first solo flight. I relied on both the EZ percentage system, and her notes for raglans in Knitting Around, and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, by Ann Budd, both of which have the status on my shelf of The Bible.
I decided on seed stitch for the borders, and made up the little purl pattern on the body, randomly deciding to repeat it every 6 stitches, and stagger it every 6 rows. It's simple: p1 on the first row, p3 on the second, p1 on the third. Makes a nice little diamond "bump" that kind of looks like 3D polka dots. Here's a close- up:
Comments: As usual, I hate the neck. That's where I goofed. I tried to make a modified vee neck, and didn't do the decreases right, plus I think I left too many stitches on the back. But it's my first try, and babies have fat necks, right? (thinking of my chubsters with neck rolls and thighs that made you want to pinch them).
I'm delivering it to the Mom today, on the condition that I get a photo of Sarah wearing it, plus unlimited holding privileges, of course!


twig said...

How cute! Lucky baby.

Zarzuela said...

Very cute! I love the buttons!


cyndy said...

Wow! Great job for your first "made up" pattern! I like the little purl pattern repeat on the body, and who could resist those buttons?

pixie knits! said...

Your sweater is ADORABLE. Very nice!

I'd love to know how your CotLin experience goes! I'm aching to try it for a skirt I want to make, but they don't have the colours I want. Even if they just threw in a black, I would be SO very happy...

Sheila said...

Very sweet. She will be a well dressed baby!