Saturday, August 30, 2008

Summer Sweater

Here's me, post-baby body, in the Summer Sweater I managed to finish after I had Ryken. Most of it was done before all of the preeclampsia drama. So I had just a bit more of the ribbing, then seaming and weaving in the ends after the wee one got here. The pattern is from Peony Knits, who links the free pattern she created on her blog. It's a great pattern because it is super basic, using your measurements and your gauge as starting points for you to create a completely unique version of the shrug/vest. It is knit in a large rectangle (ribbing, pattern of your choice, ribbing) and then the ribbing sides (plus a bit of the pattern stitches) are sewn together to make arm holes. The pattern has some good pictures for clarification on this. For the center I used an eyelet pattern I found in Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway.

A trick to keep track of pattern stitches: write directions for each row on index cards (one card for every row) (to print your own in super cute patterns go here). Cut a page out of a photo album in order to keep them all in order. Then as you complete each row take that card out from the front and put it in the back. Easy Peasy!

Anyhow, I used Knit Picks Comfy yarn in Planetarium for this project. The yarn is a nice, soft cotton that is great for warmer weather. Be sure to wash it solo (machine wash and great) before wearing though because it doesn't seem colorfast. And the balls of yarn don't go too far, so you'll have quite a bit of weaving in of ends. Here is a picture of the note card tip:

Happy Knitting!

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