Sunday, March 4, 2012

Work in Progress

This is what I have been doing the past few days.  I really do not class myself as a knitter as such, although I can (and do ) knit. I knitted some baby things when I had my first baby 15 years ago and then put it away in favour of sewing which I found I enjoyed much more.
Since starting work in a wool store, i have of course picked it up again. How could i not with so very many lovely patterns and beautiful wools surrounding me every day.
So, this is what i have been playing with.
It is a newborn sized cardigan/matinee jacket (not sure how they are defined??) knitted all in one piece up to the armholes; less sewing up: I like that!  It is in a pure wool baby wool which is nice and soft and machine washable; all good.
I am not totally happy with it.  The picot hemline has been designed with two few rows (in my humble opinion!!!) and the sewn edge on the back can be seen through the top row of eyelet holes.  i have sewn it up just a little below the holes so the picots sit okay and the edge can't be seen.  So that has worked okay.
I am not happy with the instructions for the sleeve; it tells me to do the pattern as given for the back, but the amount of stitches at the start of the row on the sleeve is different to that on the back.  So with my limited experience, I had to try to nut it out and mostly it has worked but I am one stitch out half way up the pattern, which has made the rest of it one stitch out too. A blind man would be happy to see it I guess.
The sleeve has been sewn in, but I hedged my bets as i wasn't totally sure of the right way to set in a raglan sleeve so the front has been done one way and the back another!!  i will take it to work tomorrow and get a professional opinion and take out the wrong way.  i think i know which it will be.

Anyway, that is what I have been doing these last few days.  (Besides staying out of the rain). Thankfully we are not anywhere near any floods and my thoughts go out to those who are.  Stay safe everyone


  1. Karyn, this looks lovely. I've always found picot hems for little ones is too skinny too!! I also find they tend to roll a bit too much for my liking. This looks a lovely pattern, and you've certainly got a lot done. I hope we see it again when it's all finished. It won't be long and it will be cooler again. Take care.

  2. I agree it looks lovely. I'm interested to know what the professionals say and if you did change it.