Friday, April 23, 2010

The votes are in . . .

And the winner is: February Baby Sweater


I ran into a few hiccups starting this sweater. After working a quick gauge swatch, I found I was getting 5 spi, calculated the key (chest circumference) number that I wanted, and took a quick look at EZ's pattern to see if I was anywhere close or if I would have to re-work the numbers. Lo and behold, she gave a number pretty close to what I wanted. So I blithely cast on as directed in the pattern and knit several rows before realizing that the neck opening would be far too small.

I took another look at the numbers and realized that EZ's stitch count measured the sweater right before separating the sleeves from the body stitches rather than after, which was what I wanted. (EZ's stitch count covered chest and arms, while I only wanted the chest measurement.) Naturally, I ripped and pulled out my scratch pad and calculator again. I had a general sense of what I wanted and so got a better number of stitches to cast on and started over again. My numbers were really only scribbles at best but I decided to wing it and fudge things later if I had to.

When I got up the next morning to work on the sweater a bit more (and double-check my math), I realized that somehow I had managed to make the numbers work perfectly. Not quite the way I had originally planned things, but once I remembered to figure in the underarm stitches everything worked out perfectly. So perfectly that I'll probably write this up in case anyone wants to use my lace substitution (and toddler sizing). 


I just love how the vine lace looks in the handspun.


Actually, I love how the whole thing looks in the handspun. This pink is really growing on me.


Happy birthday, little n!

7 comments:

elizabeth said...

Vine lace in handspun is beautiful! That is going to be one sweet sweater, I hope they give you modeled shots to post!

Brenda said...

One of my soon-to-knits will be the FBS. I never quite imagined it for an adult, but this year since I am spending the year with Elizabeth I want to knit the sweater in it's original baby size. My yarn is nothing like your beautiful yarn, though.

Gale said...

Very pretty.

Choodles said...

inarticulate sounds of envy

Sel and Poivre said...

Your eye is unerring! Your own yarn in that wonderful soft pink in that classic pattern beautifully modified. What an inspiration! As I said earlier in the week - I'm deriving much vicarious satisfaction from your blogged knits!

Jonah said...

Beautiful! I'm looking forward to watching in grow!

Rachel said...

I have to admit that even though I voted for the cardigan for merry, this one is working up so beautifully. This will be one lucky toddler!