Tag: sweater

My First Steeks: Knitting Oorik

My First Steeks: Knitting Oorik

When Jen from A-C Knitwear announced the A Year Of Techniques project, there was one subject that I really, really wanted to appear in the line up, and that was steeking. Steeks are perhaps one of the more jovially divisive techniques in the knitting skills […]

The Coddfish Cardigan Adventure

The Coddfish Cardigan Adventure

We are at the height of the British summer, therefore it is of the upmost necessity that a toddler’s wardrobe is kept fresh with snuggly knits as the sunshine can turn on its heel at any moment and leave your wriggly little best bud shivering. […]

Sing A Rainbow

Sing A Rainbow

Here are a few pictures of a recent(ish) jumper that I knit for Baby Awesome. It has everything I could want in a baby jumper: Squishiness, rainbows, and a smiley miniature person wearing it.

These photos were actually taken all the way back into September. I’d actually been sitting on them a little while as I did think about writing up and releasing this as a pattern, but I don’t know if the practicalities would be worth it. The sweater came about as I had bought the yarn to make a rainbow yoked cardigan that I had seen one grey day. Foolishly I did not read into the details far enough as though it was a raglan shaped cardigan, each of the two front pieces, back and two sleeves were knit separately. Each of the pieces carried each of the six rainbow colours and the base colour, so:

7 colours x 2 ends x 5 pieces = 70 ends, plus the need to seam up all those raglan shapings, lining up the different colours, in garter stitch. Ha ha ha ha no. It’s not that it would be difficult, but then reading the phone directory isn’t difficult. Deciding that I didn’t need something so soul-destroying in my life I instead decided to design a sweater, with a good sized and styled neck for adorable giant toddler heads, still using raglan shapings but (crucially) knit in a single piece. Seven colours, two ends each. Easy peasy. Actually, I then added a rainbow garter cuff to each sleeve to give myself an additional; 24 ends because I secretly hate myself, oh, and the garter border at the hem, but these were both completely optional, and at least added to the goodness to brilliance awesome rainbowy-ness of it. Frankly, we need more rainbows, and I sewed those ends in for the good of us all. If I had stuck solely to the rainbow yoke (as the pattern I had first intended to knit) then I would have taken the sweater from 70 to 14 ends, saving 80% of end weaving and eliminating all the seaming, and that was good enough for me.

Since finishing the sweater I have started on an accompanying blanket with the remaining yarn, and my erstwhile friend Mr Crochet Hook has come to visit. I don’t crochet very often (because my wrist clicks so much that it sounds like someone has lost a very confused tap dancer in the vicinity), but for a quick and satisfying way to whizz through your embarrassingly large quantity of leftover yarn, it’s perfect.

Once the blanket is complete I will get a picture of both the sweater and crocheted throw together, and bring more rainbows into the world.

Emergency Whale Rescue – The Sailor Sweater

Emergency Whale Rescue – The Sailor Sweater

Thank you so much for the helpful, understanding and corroborating responses to a recent post, where I had written about a pattern that I had a number of issues knitting, a sailor-style sweater with intarsia motif: Brendan. I had detailed the issues that I’d had […]

The Little Whale That Would Only Fail

The Little Whale That Would Only Fail

A few weeks ago I posted about the first baby knit that I made once I was feeling up to knitting, after the more miserable effects of my pregnancy had eased and I had started feeling up to just a few slow stitches here and […]

FO: Bumpy Baby Jumper

FO: Bumpy Baby Jumper

I loved the Drops Designs McDreamy Baby Jumper from the first time I saw it. It looked to be a sturdy and yet soft jumper, with all those little things I had been looking for in an early sweater for Mr Bump: a buttoned shoulder opening, nice length and a bit of detail beyond the plain.

Because my time spent knitting has been so reduced due to the problems I have had during pregnancy, I wanted to try to spread the few things I thought I might be able to make a start on throughout baby’s first year, therefore I knit the 6-9 months size of this pattern in the hope that he would not be out of those few precious hand knits within the first few weeks.
Knitting this sweater felt relatively straightforward, though there are many comments attached to other projects on the associated Ravelry listing where knitters found the pattern difficult to follow or interpret. It may be down to how individuals interpret instructions, or where knitting experience may allow a knitter to make certain assumptions around instructions, but much of the confusion appears to be around the point of the instruction where the knitting of the body of the jumper in the round transitions to knitting back and forth to begin the raglan shaping, which is worked flat to allow for the button placket at the shoulder.
I knit the pattern pretty much as per the pattern instructions, with the small modification of leaving the underarm stitches held live to knit from (rather than binding off and picking up stitches on the bound off edge, which I did to reduce underarm bulk in seaming). The only other change I made to the pattern as written was to omit the doubled-over neck edge, to produce a less bulky finish to the neck edge.
Little Mr Bump’s first handmade sweater is now packed safely away in the drawers of the nursery (which is slowly coming together) , and I can’t wait until he gets to wear his first hand knits!

Pattern: McDreamy Jumper by Drops.
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Baby Merino in shade Lavender.
Size: 6-9 Months.