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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
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10 comments

  1. I love the colors.


  2. Funny! I’m making the very same sweater. However, your yarn is much nicer. I chose a mix of pink, grey, and black as the new mom is krazy for Miss Kitty! Yours is very nice and I will remember your yarn choice.


  3. Lovely!


  4. Lovely!


  5. Really looks adorable! I’m getting in the mood to knit once I get some of my photography video classes out of the way. Did I ask you? Have you tried the Portuguese style of knitting? I’m kind of fascinated by it.


    • Marisa: I know what Portuguese knitting is, but I have never tried it!


  6. So darling!


  7. Beautiful sweater. Can you convert this pattern to crochet?

    Thanks, Pamela

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Pamela: Sorry, I would have no idea how to do that!


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