I’m baaaack, with baby knits

Hello blog! Wow, it’s been awhile. Since my last post, I had a baby and moved across the country. Interestingly, I had no desire to knit/sew/craft while I was pregnant. I guess I’m catching up on that now and present to you two baby sweaters.

The first is a cardigan based on this pattern. I basically followed the pattern exactly, and the only modification I made was to add a line of knitting down the fronts of the cardigan when I was done with the collar to help mitigate any rolling. I normally don’t like top-down knits because my decreases are much neater than my increases, but this one knitted up really nicely. View this project on Ravelry.

The second is a sweater based on this pattern, though it’s obviously very heavily modified. I incorporated the thermal pattern from Thermal by Laura Chau. I reversed the row pattern as such: K one round, P one round, K2 P2 two rounds. This way I don’t have those obvious color change purl bumps. This was knit entirely out of stash yarn, and I ran out of the brown yarn on the collar so simply met the collar in the middle instead of overlapping the front. I also added German short rows to the collar, which I think helps it lay nicely. The last thing I changed was I only picked up 38 stitches around the arms instead of the 46 stitches specified in the pattern. I’m not sure how you could possibly pick up 46 stitches – there’s simply no room or my gauge ended up really different from the original pattern. In any case, I decreased every 8 rows and ended up with 32 stitches for the arms as the pattern specifies.  View this project on Ravelry.

I’ll try to craft and post more regularly but I have a baby, so no promises!

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