Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hello Babies!

We all but finished our Hello Baby sweaters on Sunday. As to be expected, one is cuter than the next! I love the button choices!

Jessie's on the right is trimmed in "Toast" and has these darling wood buttons that complement the organic feel of the sweater.

Karen chose the sweetest polymar clay leaf buttons that look as if they were dyed to match "Grass".

The ones on my shop sample (pictured below right) are handmade glass with each being a tad different. This variation creates a more fun look for a baby sweater. The trim is called "Waterslide" and it is one of Spud & Chloe's newest Sweater colors.

As for the "Hello Baby" pattern, it is well written re: the body of the sweater. Knit from the top down there is virtually no sewing involved except a stitch or two under the arms. So I would recommend this pattern to new knitters who can knit and purl comfortably.

However, when it comes to the applied I-cord, it is a challenge to get started. The directions in the pattern aren't going to help new knitters. I have knit a gazillion I-cords in my lifetime (starting with my Little Red Spinning Wheel when I was a wee one), but have never done an "applied" version. There are gaps in the pattern instructions. I ended up figuring this out by referring to online tutorials. The stitch itself is easy, but getting started can be a bit tough. These instruction may help.

Applied I-cord for Hello Baby sweater:

Step 1: Cast on 2 stitches on a #7 dpn with contrasting yarn. Without turning, slide the same two stitches to the opposite end of the needle (this is the I-cord part). Knit one of them, slip the second one as if to purl, yarn over.

Step 2: Attaching stitches on the dpn to the sweater stitches. With the same dpn in your right hand and the circular needle in your left (the one that holds all the picked up sitches from the right front, neckline, and left front of the sweater), knit 1 sweater stitch from the bottom right front of the sweater. You now have 4 stitches on your right dpn: from right to left, you have 1 knit stitch, 1 slipped stitch, 1 yarn over, and 1 sweater stitch.

Step 3: Pass the 2nd and 3rd stitches (i.e., the YO and slipped stitch) on the dpn in your right hand over the sweater stitch. You now have two stitches left on your right needle; the 1 knit stitch and the 1 sweater stitch.

Step 4: I-cord part
Push both these stitches to the opposite end of the needle and knit 1 stitch, slip the next, YO 1, and knit the next sweater stitch. You now have 4 stitches on your right dpn.

Repeat Steps 3 & 4 until all of picked up stitches on sweater have been knit.

Finishing: End by casting off the last two stitches that remain on your needle in Step 3. Weave in your tail and you're done!

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