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Baby Sweaters

January 20, 2018

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I’ve been knitting a lot, but not posting about it and so I thought I would do a  little roundup of all the baby sweaters I’ve done this winter.  You may get inspired to make one – I’ve included links to all the patterns!  They were very fun knits. They all used my favorite construction method, which is top down and seamless.  And for all the sweaters, I used Magic Loop on circular needles for the sleeves.  NO double points!

Fisherman's Baby Sweater

Fisherman’s Rib Baby Sweater

Fisherman's baby sweater on needles

The first one I finished was the Baby Fisherman’s Rib Sweater by OGE Knitwear Designs. This pattern was totally seamless, with the collar and button placket knit all together, with no stitches to pick up.  I knit the 6-12 month size in a gorgeous blue Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 85 wool that is really a dream to knit and a perfect yarn for baby knits – it’s machine washable.   I loved the texture on this pattern, because it knit up into a really thick sweater. And I really like the cute little white trim. My Ravelry page for that project is here.

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Minty Green Sweater lining

Minty Green Sweater on Needles

The next sweater was a minty green Baby Raglan Sweater by Carole Barenys. This is a FREE pattern!  I knit the 12 month size with a few modifications.  I love the pretty neckline and raglan sleeves. Instead of straight stockinette, I did a little purl stitch every 4th row, staggered for a little texture.  I also knit an extra long hem and flipped it under for added weight. Here is my Ravelry page for that project. If you look at the pattern page for this on Ravelry, there are all kinds of colors and ideas that other people have knit to give you lots of inspiration.

Elwood Sweater

Elwood Sweater

Elwood sweater collar on needles

 

The next little sweater is one of my favorites!  SO fun. This was the Elwood Sweater pattern from the “Little Old Man Collection” from Jenny Wiebe. Adorable sweater for a little boy, with the shawl collar.  I knit the smallest size on extra small needles, because this sweater was for a preemie baby.  My Ravelry page is here and here is where I have all my notes for that project if you want to read them.

 

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Norwegian Fir Baby Sweater

Norwegian Fir sleeveNowegian Fir Yoke on Needles

And last but not least, I just finished this Apricot Norwegian Fir sweater for a little girl that is going to be born in the spring.  This is another pattern from OGE Knitwear Designs.  This is a very popular pattern, with over 400 project on Ravelry, so you can get a lot of different color ideas for this pattern. I knit the 3-6 months size and here is my Ravelry page for this so you can see my notes.  This was a very fun knit, with a cute lace accent on the raglan sleeves.

Hope you’re making something!

Elaine

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Knit Christmas Stars & Elves

December 9, 2017

Christmas Stars & Elves

I wanted to share some fun little Christmas ornaments to knit up quickly.  It’s such a busy time of year and we all love fast little projects to knit. The stars are an old favorite pattern and they are really fun to make.  The little elves are adorable and will require you to drink some wine 🍷 because you stuff them with corks.  So double the fun!

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The little elves knit up very quickly.  These are based on a pattern called Korkinesse, in Norwegian.  There was an English translation but that’s no longer available.   So I used a modified version on Ravelry and then modified that version to come up with a pattern.  You can visit my Ravelry page for more details.  Here is how I knit them:

Using fingering weight yarn and US #2.5 circle needle. I used the Magic Loop method.

CO 4 st. Join in the round.
1) *kfb*   (8 st )
2) *K1, kfb*  (12 st )
3) *kfb, k2*  (16 st )
4) *k2, kfb, k2*  3 times, k1  (19 st) 
5) P19
6-17) k12 rows
18) k5 BO 9, K4
19) K5, CO 10, K5
20) P13, P2 tog, P5 (19 st)

21) K
22) P
23 – 26) K (4 rows)
27) K2 tog, K3, K2 tog, K5, K2 tog, K2, K2 tog, K1 (15 st)
28 – 29) K
30) K2 tog, K1, K2 tog, k4, k2 tog, K1, K2 tog, K2 tog (10 st)
31-32) K 10 st
33) K2 tog, K1, K2tog, K2tog, K1, k2tog (6 st)
34) K
35) K2 tog, K1, K2 tog, K1 (4 st)
36) K2tog, K2tog
37) K2 tog

Pull yarn through remaining stitch. Leave a 10” tail. With a crochet hook, chain about 10 stitches. With a tapestry needle, attach tail of yarn to chain base, forming a loop. Secure. Bring CO tail up through bottom with a crochet hook.

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I’ve knit the stars many times.   This year I wanted some cranberry and snow white stars.  A quick and easy project, you begin by knitting in the round and then just working on 10 stitches at a time for the individual star points.    Here is the free pattern for the stars.  The pattern has you stuffing the stars just with the loose yarn ends, but I filled mine with a bit of polyfill, for plumper stars.

 

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Thanks for dropping by.  I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!   And, as usual, I hope you’re making something!

Elaine

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How to Pick Up Dropped Stitches in Your Knitting

November 7, 2017

Beginning knitters very often will confront dropped stitches at some point in their knitting.  This can strike fear in them, if they don’t know how easily this situation is rectified.  Even several rows of dropped stitches is not a problem to fix.  Below I show you how to pick up single dropped stitches and then I show you how to pick up several dropped stitches.

I thought about breaking this post into two different posts, one for knit stitches and one for purl stitches but then I decided to do it all in one single post.  So this post is long.  If you are only interested in how to pick up dropped purl stitches, scroll halfway down the post for that.  I do knit stitches in the first half of the post and purl stitches in the last half.  I also have a video in the post to help you.

It helps to knit a swatch of stockinette and practice dropping and picking up stitches, until you are completely comfortable doing it.

Knitting without fear!

 

PICKING UP DROPPED KNIT STITCHES:

First, you need to know a knitting fundamental – how a stitch should sit properly on your left needle. Each stitch has a “left leg” and a “right leg”.  In a knit stitch, the right leg will be in the front, like this:

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Why do you need to know this?  Because when you pick up stitches, very often they are twisted and you will have to place them back on the needle the correct way.  It’s a no brainer, once you know how a stitch should properly sit.  So, after you have picked up a stitch, make sure it is not twisted, as you will see at the end in this photo tutorial:

 

How to Fix a Single Dropped KNIT Stitch:

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Dropped Knit Stitch 2

Dropped Knit Stitch 3

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How to Fix Several Rows of Dropped KNIT stitches:

Dropped Knit Stitches 1

Dropped Knit Stitches 2

Dropped Knit Stitches 3

Dropped Knit Stitches 4

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And here is a video to help you.  (First half of video is knit stitches, last half is purl stitches)  Purl Stitch Instruction starts at 3:20.

 

 

PICKING UP  DROPPED PURL STITCHES

How to Pick Up a Single Dropped PURL Stitch:

 

 

 

How to Fix Several Rows of Dropped PURL stitches:

 

I hope this post helps you never to hear dropped stitches!  Refer to video within the post if you need more help.

Happy Knitting!
Elaine

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Pink Sideways Knit Baby Cardigan

September 1, 2017

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Here is another little baby sweater from OGE Knitwear Designs.  I love her patterns – nearly seamless being the key feature for me but just so cute!  I wish she was on Instagram (how can she not be!)  so I could tag her, but she just doesn’t have an account.  This little sweater was a really unusual construction – it’s knit sideways and then you just sew up the sleeves.

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There are two stitch versions you can do and I chose the Hurdle stitch.  This was a fun pattern and created a really interesting texture.

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I used a Superwash Merino yarn from Cascade Yarn.  It’s nice for a baby project, so you can just throw the sweater in the washer and dryer and not worry about it.  And the merino is super soft for babies.

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The pattern maker does a great job writing her patterns – they are clear and have photos showing you exactly how to do this unusual construction.  She makes it easy for you.

Knitting this on circular needles made it easy to pick up and put down and the project, since there was a lot going on here with stitches on holders for some of the construction.

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I added two sparkly buttons, which made me very happy!

 

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Pattern:  Sideways Knit Cardigan
Yarn:  Cascade Yarns Merino Superwash 220
Needles:  US #4 Circular Addi Lace
Ravelry Page

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“Lilla Koftan” Little Cardigan

April 7, 2017

Lilla Koftan sleeve and front

I love going into yarn shops wherever I travel, don’t you?  Ever since I walked into my first yarn shop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when my oldest son was a baby in 1988, I was hooked.  I love the women in yarn shops – so eager to help you and so excited about the yarn they sell. A good yarn shop has a big table where knitters come and work on their projects, either for the help or just for the friendship. Recently while visiting our son in college, I walked into a yarn shop in Evanston, Illinois – CloseKnit – and this shop was one of those great little yarn shops.  The women were having a great time and laughing and there was a big table right in the middle of the shop.   I saw this yarn on display with a little sample swatch knitted up and was so intrigued with it that I bought a couple of skeins.  It’s a German yarn called Schachenmayr Extra Fine Merino 120 and, when knitted up, kind of looks like Fair Isle.  I love it.  But what’s really great about it is the texture – it’s extra fine merino, but has a really nice firmness to it that I like.  It held up so well after blocking – sometimes wool can relax too much after blocking and I hate that.  This yarn retained its structure.

Lilla Koftan top

Lilla Koftan upside down

This free (!) pattern is called “Lilla Koftan” which means “Little Cardigan” in Swedish.  It is a pattern by Petra Orrbeck and I really liked it.  It’s my favorite technique for a sweater: top down, seamless, sleeves put on holders and then knitted in the round. And it has a little garter yoke and garter trim.  Perfect!

Lilla Koftan start of sleeve

I knit the whole thing on #4 circular Addi Lace needles and then did the sleeves using Magic Loop, instead of DPNs.  If you need a tutorial on Magic Loop, here is mine (along with a video to help you).  Magic Loop is my favorite way to knit in the round.

Lilla Koftan sleeve on needles

 

Using #4 needles and DK yarn, this made a tiny sweater – probably a 6 month size.  So cute.

I modified the pattern just a tad:
1.  I only did 3 buttonholes (because I like that look)
2.  I did M1 increases instead of the yarn overs she suggested.
3.  I did 22 rows for the body instead of 17 as the pattern says.
4.  I did 11 rows of garter stitch for the trim instead of 9.
5.  I did 22 rows stockinette for sleeves before garter trim

Lilla Koftan cardigan side view

Lilla Koftan stitches detail

This pattern, making it the size I did, took exactly 2 skeins of this yarn – I only had about 7 yards left!  It was a close call.  So that’s about 260 yards.  This yarn is a DK weight although the company web site lists it as a Lace weight.  That just is a mistake.

Lilla Koftan buttons

 

This is all the yarn I had left!    If I want to make a little hat, I’ll have to get another skein.

 

Lilla Koftan leftover yarn

 

Thanks for stopping by and
I hope you’re making something!
Elaine

Pattern:  Lilla Koftan
Needles:  U.S. #4 circular
Yarn:  Schachenmayr Merino Extra Fine Color 120 in Helsinki (494)
Ravelry Page

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Baby Girl Raglan Sweater

March 1, 2017

 

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Another baby knit finish.  This time it was a pattern from OGE Knitwear Designs.  I loved the textured border on this pattern.  And I really love one button cardigans.  There’s something sweet about them.  I had fun choosing the button – it’s a sparkly pink bit of bling that finished the sweater just right.

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Most of the sweater is done in a twisted stockinette stitch that I loved.  It’s just a nice touch and a little more special than regular stockinette.

This sweater is knitted flat, so there is seaming, not my favorite thing.  I blocked each panel and sleeve first before sewing the pieces together – it’s much easier and neater to seam blocked pieces together, since it gets rid of a lot of the curl of unblocked pieces.

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I used a super soft Superwash extra fine Merino wool from Cascade Yarns in a sport weight.  It’s nice to use superwash yarns for baby items, so they can be thrown in the washer.

This was a nice little pattern.  Check out OGE Knitwear Designs – the designer has so many cute baby patterns.

Pattern:  Baby Girl Raglan Sweater (6-12 mo size) by OGE Knitwear Designs
Yarn:  Cascade Yarn Longwood Sport in Silver and Candy Pink
Needles:  US#3 and #5
Ravelry Page

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Garter Stitch Baby Sweater

January 29, 2017

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This darling little sweater is another top down, no seam sweater – my favorite method of garment making.  Plus I love the look of garter stitch, so this sweater had to be made. The little yoke, with its raglan yarn overs, was a sweet touch.  I loved everything about this pattern.

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I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino, a super soft worsted weight wool that is machine washable.  I like using this for baby items.  It’s so nice to knit with – and even softer than regular wool.

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I love the look of little beige sweaters for babies, but I wanted to introduce a little color on this one, so I picked out an aqua color and did some two color knitting. This was done in garter stitch, so you may not be able to tell that it is simply a “knit one in beige, knit one in aqua” repeat.  On the next row, you just knit the opposite colors over each stitch.  It creates a stranded look with the colored yarn only if you hold the colored yarn in your right hand. If you want to see how I knit with two colors at once, you can see a video of this here.

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This pattern calls for slipping the first stitch on every row on the front. This makes a really nice, flat decorative edge.  However, if you miss just one stitch, like I did, it looks bad:

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What to do?  The mistake was glaringly right in the front. I came up with a solution – I crocheted a decorative edge over the top, using just a simple single crochet.  It worked beautifully and I really liked the finished look of it:

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I was able to find the perfect button for this sweater – a little aqua wooden button that was the sweetest finishing touch.

Thanks for dropping by,
Elaine

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Pattern:  Garter Stitch Baby Jacket by Nancy Elizabeth Munroe
Yarn:  Cascade 220 Merino Superwash in Tuffet & Aqua
Needles:  #6 and #7
Ravelry Page

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