Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Two in white

I was inspired to knit this first sweater by a post on the Yarn Harlot's site. She had knitted a little sweater from a vintage baby book by Patons. I didn't have the pattern so I improvised. It is not exactly the same as hers, but very similar. I used a cotton from my stash, and was very frustrated to discover (once it was blocked and put together) that I must have had two different dye lots (for white, yet - go figure!) because you could see a line of a different white at the top of one of the sleeves. I tried soaking it in a mild solution of bleach; the difference is much less noticeable, now. I really like the little picot hem on the edges.

I saw the pattern for this sweater on Berrocco's site. My LYS didn't have the fluffy white yarn that was called for, so they sold me a beautiful 100% wool substitute, Orisetto. The knitting on this one went really fast, but it was the finishing that took so much time. The embroidery was a pure pain in the behind. Embroidering on knitted garments, particularly where the knit is on fairly large needles, is a challenge. The shell crochet is supposed to go all around the collar, too, but when I got to that point, I really liked the more subdued look of just the row of single crochet around the collar edge. The pattern had a little toque for a hat, but I like the more traditional style of bonnet to go with the very delicate look of the sweater.

1 comment:

Kirsten said...

That is going to be one well dressed baby! Are they for Megan and Jimmy's little one?
At the rate I am going, I should be able to make something half as fancy as those within the next 75 years!