Tuesday, August 14, 2007
FO: Cal Baby Sweater
The Sweetie went to Cal, also known outside California as Berkeley. We go to all of the home football games (yes, it is a bit of a long drive) and when one of his friends from college told us they were about to adopt a little boy, I got right to work on this. The colors are blue and gold, and they are the bears. In fact, whenever fans meet, it is customary to say "Go Bears!"
Pattern: Georgie Stripe Yoke Jacket, from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, 12-18 month size. I worked out a graduated stripe sequence and put it at the bottom and cuffs; it kind of resembles and old-fashioned letterman's sweater.
Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash. Yep, it's for a baby, so it's washable! I ordered this from the WEBS Anniversary Sale when my stash diet ended. When I looked through my stash to see what I had - there it was. Perfect!
Needles: KnitPicks Options circular needles, sizes 5 and 6.
Modifications: Striping sequence changed and moved, as noted above. I had these great buttons with bear claw prints, but the 6-row button band was too narrow. I widened them to 10 rows and they're perfect. I also did the fronts and back as one piece as far as the armholes.
Details: YO buttonhole was still big enough to get the buttons through (it's a tight fit, but hey, it'll only loosen up). I also did an intarsia-esque Big C in the middle of the back. I just drew it out on a scrap of paper, and worked it. The vertical portion of the C puffs out a bit, but I think it'll be all right. And I carried the blue yarn - hence intarsia-esque. (Is this still called intarsia?)
The pattern also calls for holding the top of the back on the needles and "sewing" the (bound-off) collar to it. I chose to kitchener it, and I must say it ended up with a nice, thin seam. I started in the center of both and worked left, and then right. I think I've finally gotten this Kitchener stitch thing figured out! Then I used mattress stitch (1/2 stitch selvedge) for the rest of the collar. The sleeves were sewn in and seamed with mattress stitch, 1/2 stitch selvedge. I also love how I got the stripes in the sleeve to match up perfectly by mattress-stitching them.
I knitted this in a hurry, hoping to have it done in time for their baby shower....didn't make the deadline, but it did arrive before the baby! (Oh, no, I will not be held responsible for holding up the adoption process by not finishing a sweater!)
I really love how this sweater turned out, and in fact am contemplating making a full-sized one for myself!