Monday, February 25, 2008

Because it's February

As Amy said, my latest project was made, well, because it's February. And because it's pretty. And because I've seen some pretty ones, both in real life, and in blogland (here, and then here).

So here's mine:
(with stunt buttons so you can see the buttonholes...will probably end up with plain white/cream buttons I think).
Details:
Pattern: February Baby Jacket (or "Baby Sweater on Two Needles") from Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. She's a sparse old pattern writer is Elizabeth. Thank goodness for pattern advice from others who've gone before me in making this. Even so, I still almost forgot to put buttonholes in!

Yarn: Patons Serenity DK, a new 50/50 bamboo/cotton blend which Donni procured for me from her LYS - so soft, such a pretty sheen. I had to make something with it straight away and so hunted around for a pattern for a while until it occured to me to do this one! I used 2 balls and a smidge of a 3rd ball - for the last 3 rows and cast off - don't you hate that!
Sticks: 4mm KP Harmony Options, plus 4mm bamboo dpns for the sleeves

Modifications: EZ has you do the sleeves flat. On Ms BP's advice, I did them in the round, which meant no purl rows (hurrah!) - well, except for when I got to the garter stitch bit. Not to worry! This method does make the pattern entirely seamless - huzzah! One of my favourite things!
Time: 1 February 2008 - 20 February 2008.What I learnt: It's amazing what a difference colour can make. In this colour, the pattern makes for a very traditional baby knit. In darker colours it looks a lot more modern.

17 comments:

Bells said...

Hooray! It looks fantastic! I will look forward to making this. Great tip on the seamless arms. I too will do that.

amy said...

So, so pretty. I want to make another one now, and I've been pondering how to make it more boyish. Because it's such a simple pattern, so elegant in the way the numbers work out, that it's such fun to knit.

I love the color. I don't think it looks old-fashioned (vs "modern"); traditional in a lovely way, instead.

Michele said...

looks adorable. funny - don't know if it's the way you've photographed it but on first seeing yours i thought gosh the pattern is similar to the Juliet.

Donna said...

So cute!!

Sarah said...

The perfect February project - like the stunt buttons too

2paw said...

You made me laugh with your stunt buttons!! It is lovely an sean fee makes it 47 times better. With me the bobbin on the sewing machine ALWAYS runs out just before I finish. You can bank on it!!

kim said...

I love this little sweater; I'm not sure why I haven't made one yet. I think the stunt buttons make it look very rich...

Alwen said...

I've been seeing a lot of these, and boy are they cute! It is amazing how different they look in a light "baby" color versus a darker color.

And I love the photo of the jacket spread out on the circular needle, so pretty.

Queen of the froggers said...

That is so nice, I want to knit one!
I have tried to explain the babes hair on my blog but ask me if it doesn't make sense!

knitnthings said...

I made that once upon a time - your right the color totally changes the look! And yours is ultra cute!!

Georgie said...

It's so sweet - my first thought on seeing the pic was "that would look so different in a darker colour" too!

And youve still got...2 days to do your tax, so get cracking!!

Diana said...

This is just beautiful! I've got a friend knitting it too. EZ wants to make you think hard doesn't she?

Corrie said...

oh so cute! I had to pull mine out as it requires concentration if you have a toddler running around you!

I'm inspired now to start later in the year as it looks great

Corrie:)

del said...

Very, very beautiful!

lilypotter said...

After seeing Amy's and now yours, I want to make one! Good thing the month's almost over- maybe the temptation won't be as strong in March?

Snoozen said...

Absolutely gorgeous... love it. Can it be made for a 2 or 4 year old and for a novice knitter?

catsmum said...

it's on my ravelry queue - I should get to it in February 2010
yours looks gorgeous btw and I am NEVER making tow up socks ever ever ever after reading that post!