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November 15, 2009

Copycat

The parade of baby knits continues!

Pattern: basic top-down baby raglan. Finished dimensions: 21" across the chest, 9.75" shoulder to hem, and 5" from sleeve cuff to armpit. I swiped the target measurements from Super-Natural Stripes, as well as the whole striping idea!

Needles: Susan Bates US 3 circs and dpns. My gauge after blocking was something like 6.5 stitches per inch, and 10 rows per inch.

Yarn: Shibui Sock, 100% superwash merino wool, fingering weight. I ended up using almost one full skein of Bark 7533, and half of a skein of each Sky 3115, and Ivory 7501.

Some might say that it's crazy to knit a garment, even a tiny one, using fingering weight yarn. I say, if you enjoy knitting with fingering weight yarn, why not use it for a sweater?!? It's not just for socks! Here I was able to use handpainted yarn in way which allowed the variegations to shine. Also, I used less than 1 skein of each color: excellent for stash-busting! I'm guessing that I accumulate enough sock yarn leftovers for such a sweater each time I complete 4 pairs of adult socks.

Except in this case I bought the yarn specifically for this sweater, so it wasn't stash-busting at all ;). True confession: I completely copycatted these colors from Brooklyn Tweed Jared. I saw Jared's photo in this entry (scroll down), and knew the combination would be perfect for my friend's soon-to-be-here baby! I ended up substituting Bark and Ivory for Jared's Honey and Pebble, because I liked the contrast better. But the original idea was all his ;).

The yarn colors were an absolute delight. The Sky colorway is the most amazing turquoise. I always looked forward to knitting the Sky stripe, and it motivated me to plow through the Bark and Ivory bits.

I had two complaints about the yarn itself. First, the yarn twisted up on itself when knitting, and my stockinette slanted a bit, especially after blocking. The spinners in the group know that this is a trademark of an unbalanced yarn. Second, I found the Ivory colorway to be a little bit thinner than the other two. I think blocking helped a bit, but it's still thinner. Not a huge problem, except for those rows where I wove in the ends - the white stitches became distorted if they had to support a yarn tail.

Speaking of weaving in the ends... Of course I have to do the knitting equivalent of showing you my dirty laundry, and let you see the inside of the garment:

Not so bad! As with Super-Natural Stripes, if I could, I wove in the ends as I went along. The finishing was not terribly painful.

I found the perfect turquoise buttons at Windsor Button, of course. They always have exactly what I need. I attached an extra button to a little tag, which I thought was quite clever :). Hopefully this means it won't get lost.

I copied Shibui's recommended yarn care onto the label - machine-wash gentle, dry flat - but actually machine-washed and dried the sweater when I blocked it myself. It seems to have worked just fine.

Destination: Exercise Before Knitting Elinor's house! The baby is due to arrive in a few weeks, I think. Enjoy!

Posted by Kathy on November 15, 2009 11:16 AM

Comments

I just love this vest!

So adorable! I love the colors you picked and the cute idea to attach an extra button to the care instructions.

It's really adorable and I really like the label you made. What a beautiful gift!

This one is so cute and really a lovely gift. I think your tag is perfect.

gasp! those colors...I want to eat them!

So cute! Since you in a baby sweater mode - have you seen Lilleput - by Lene- Dances with Wool blog? That pattern has me perusing my sock yarn stash. It is so-so cute!!

Super cute! It will look great on Nameless Baby Brown!

Clever & cute! Tag, too!

oh, kathy, it is so, so, so cute! completely adorable. elinor's little one is lucky to be receiving it :) i love the label you made, too. i've never loved shibui sock yarn, although i never noticed how unbalanced it is. i've noticed that the yarn tends to pool quite a bit when making socks, though.

That tag IS quite clever! Great waqy to give the extra button!

Those are the perfect buttons.

Wow... that looks fantastic. Love the blue with the other colours.

I love how much the blue pops!

Gorgeous. Thanks for the unbalanced yarn link :)

This is so cute - I love it! My riends need to have more babies as I have been inspired to make something like this or the vest.

I just finished the same sweater but it's not a pretty as yours..I'll try the 2 color for my next. I love the way your colors pop. I'm really enjoying knitting for the babies coming.

I love the intensity of your colors! By your button placement, I'm guessing this one's intended for a boy?

I knit a whole sweater out of fingering weight for my guy. It creates such a beautiful fabric! http://www.ravelry.com/projects/YarnOverHere/seamless-hybrid

you are just rocking the cute baby knits! i love this one!

Gorgeous! I love the colors and can't think of a better color combination for a baby.

Oh, those buttons! What a great little sweater; thanks for sharing!

I am always enchanted by the way a little tiny button looks sewn onto my tag. It makes me so happy.

Very nice!

Loved the sweater, I think it was a great use of the yarn.

Beautiful knitting -- I've never bought Shibui because of the way it pools when knit into socks but I love the use of it here. I might need to try some soon after all.

I love sock yarn as a sweater yarn. It wears so well compared to many of the soft wools!

It's gorgeous! I love the color choices,that little sweater is perfection!

It is genius to attach an extra button! I love that idea as well as the colors you've chosen. Cute cute cute!

I wish that would fit me...

This sweater is amazing could you please share what method you use whit stirpes?

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