Saturday, January 12, 2008

Scandinavian Baby Cardigan Is Done!

I've been a bit under the weather the past 24 hours, so I had some knitting time.

As I commented, I needed to FINISH this baby sweater. I buckled down, and the sweater is DONE!

This is a size two Scandinavian Cardigan, pattern by Cottage Creations. Knitted in Plymouth Encore (75% Acrylic/25% Wool) - a great yarn for children's items.

It was a fun sweater to knit. The pattern gives two options for knitting: in the round, or back and forth.

I chose to knit it in the round. Not my best choice, considering it's primarily acrylic, and I needed to steek it. The machine stitched steek appears to be holding well, but weaving in all the ends, using acrylic, was no fun.

I've hidden the steeks under a knitted on button band/facing combination. I like the way the knitted facing hides ALL the cut threads.

Acrylic steeks do NOT lay down politely like friendly wool steeks.

The smaller sizes of this pattern do not call for any short rows to lower the neckline in the front, and I think the neckline looks kinda wonky. I haven't got a babydoll of the right size to try this on, so I hope it will look better on an actual child!

Now I'm at a standstill. I've got Paul's socks to finish, but I have NO large project in the house to immediately cast on for!

Maybe I'll buy yarn for Rogue.

Or maybe I'll order the yarn for a sweater for Ben. He wears his Dale of Norway Nagano sweater quite a bit, and has shared with me that he would wear a mom-knitted Osterdalen sweater, too!

Guess that Norwegian college in Iowa is getting to him!

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