February 10, 2011
Cotton Glace sweaters
Well, I knit two of them!
Pattern: Babies who lunch cardigan from The Little Sublime Hand Knit Book, in the smallest size, 0-3 months.
I made a bunch of simple modifications to this pattern. I knit the fronts and back in one piece up to the armholes, and I knit the yoke continuously, too, instead of seaming the raglan seams. However, I knit the sleeves flat - first, it allowed me to nicely match up the stripes for the striped sweater, à la Budgie (no color jog), and second, I just don't like knitting sleeves in the round.
Yarn: The wonderful Rowan Cotton Glace, 100% mercerized cotton, in colors 724 (pink) and 805 (burgundy). I machine washed these sweaters without any ill effects, and though I laid them flat to dry this time around, I have a feeling this hardy cotton would do just as well if tumble-dried.
As I mentioned, I used only 2 balls (2 balls!) to knit each sweater. Well, to be honest, the striped version used a little bit of the pink yarn left over from the solid version, because those ruffled edges sure eat up a lot of yarn. So, 4 balls total for the 2 sweaters :). I think the reason I was able to get away with so little yarn is because this sweater is cropped (about 8.5" hem to shoulder) and has a fairly open neckline. Any other design would surely require more.
Needles: I think I used US 3 and US 5 circs.
I'll be the first to admit that this ribbon wasn't exactly my first choice in terms of color, but the selection was limited and it's elementary to switch out, since it's not tacked to the sweaters in any way. I think teal (just the right shade of teal) would look super, but I just didn't find it at the time.
The little sweaters have already reached their destination - twin girls who should be arriving some time in March. Can't wait to see the little cuties!