Friday, January 26, 2007

Moving Right Along

I finished this baby set quite some time ago but was waiting until I had matching booties made before photographing and blogging about it.

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This set is for our first grandchild, due in March. As you can see there are no booties. I have decided to wait until the baby fits the sweater before making the booties. There is a bit of a story in that:

A couple of years ago (has it really been that long?!) I made this set twice, once for each of two grandnieces, and included booties I had designed to match. Not having had babies around for over 20 years, I was a little out of touch with how big the babies' feet would be when they were large enough to wear the sweater (a "six month" size), and the booties apparently fit far sooner than the sweater. On the other hand, I also designed the little hat and it fit at the appropriate time.

Here you see the new set modeled on a baby doll.

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Edited to add: The sweater is from "Kids Kids Kids: 40 Winning Patterns from the Knitter's Magazine Contest (Paperback) by Ann Regis(Editor), Alexis Xenakis".


jill said...

Your work is beautiful! I know you mentioned in a previous post that the baby sweater pattern came from "Kids, Kids, Kids". Would you please share the author, publisher or ISBN number with me so I might find a copy for my shelf? I haven't seen this book, to my knowledge, and this sweater looks like so much fun to knit.

Marlene said...

Jill, I've added more information to the post, including a direct link to a listing for the book on Amazon.

The sweater IS fun to knit. Not too many patterns interest me enough to make them three times over!

Just a note: The pattern says it's for worsted weight, but I found I was only able to get gauge using sports weight. Worsted weight is too thick.

dragon knitter said...

newborn booties are 3 1/2 - 4" long on the sole. i'm not sure about 6 month size, lol.

jill said...

Thank you, Marlene! I have added the book to my list.

I find that with many baby patterns especially, I have to change yarn weights to get gauge. Nothing worse than knitting an adorable,meant for a newborn garment and it ends up fitting a toddler. So, are we the oddball knitters or are the patterns just written "wrong"?

Marlene said...

I am normally a loose knitter, but I think in this particular case the pattern is wrong. Even if I was willing to go down so many needle sizes that I got gauge with worsted weight the resulting fabric would be stiff and inappropriate. Getting the actual gauge numbers is not the only important thing in choosing a yarn, you must end up with an appropriate drape to the fabric.

Dorothy said...

That is one of the cutest baby sets I've ever seen! I can't wait to see your little pumpkin all swaddled in it. It won't be long!