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Recap

It’s been a busy few days here at House of HookOn, purchasing and riding bikes, attending a wedding reception and bonfire, almost attending another bonfire, and cleaning out the garage/organizing the basement.

Three-day weekends rule.

Now I have such a drive to get going on more things, like knitting for my three friends who are due in September (and who are all expecting boys, which is going to be way fun), and putting up art in the living room and in my office. Energy is so much fun to have.

Before I get to all that I thought I’d recap the Violet Stripe Cardigan experience, although I don’t really want to think about the first attempt at the button band and my epic failure, so it’s just this:

Button

Pattern: SuperNatural Stripes by F.Pea / Ravelry link / My project page

Raglan increases

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria, Banana, Peridot & Prosperous Plum

Sleeve with cat
Man, screw those bamboo dpns. Not nearly pointy enough.

Hem

Needles: 4.0mm / US 6 and 3.5mm / US4

Decreases

Modifications: Many. I used smaller yarn and needles so had a finer gauge than called for in the pattern, so I made the 2-3 year old size, with the assumption that it will fit the baby at 12-18 months. I did not try it on a baby to see, having no baby immediately to hand. The stripe sequence at the yoke was shorter, only one repeat of colors, but I added a stripe sequence at the bottom of the cardi, mostly because I was getting incredibly bored with knitting stockinette stitch in the Wisteria color. I also changed the way the stripes were added; in the pattern the color change is made on the wrong side, giving a really rustic look. I wanted something a little more tailored, but still interesting, so I chose my very favorite stitch pattern: seed stitch.

Violet Stripe Cardigan

How Long? Amazingly, this project took me 11 days. Eleven. Apparently I can be awesome and get things done on time if I really want to.

Violet Stripe Cardigan

What did I learn? I learned how to pick up stitches for a button band, how to knit a top-down raglan sweater (this is my first completed sweater of that type), and how to attach a button loop (self-taught, it may come apart in the first washing of course). This was a really good pattern, very clear, and I plan to knit it again, maybe like the original. It’s really versatile and open to a lot of experimentation.

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In Bloom

I’ve started up a new project for a baby-to-be.

color change detail

This replaces the blanket I started a few weeks ago — that one just wasn’t working out for me and was threatening to take too long.

Pretty stripes!

So my solution? Rip out the blanket and cast on for a baby cardigan. But instead of making it baby-sized, I cast on for the largest size possible, 2-3 years.

Stripey Cardigan

Yeah. Big time saver there, right? Whatever, I’m in it now and there’s no way I’m ripping back, so I’ll continue deluding myself that because I’m using smaller yarn and needles, and because the yarn will shrink when machine washed, and because I want to give something that the baby will wear for longer than 30 seconds, that this will all be okay.

Besides, the baby shower is in 8 days and I don’t have time to think about the consequences of my actions. I only have time to knit. A lot.

another shot from above

On the upside, some inspiration hit me this morning as I worked on this cardigan before work. After this is done and presented at the baby shower, I’ll knit a baby blanket using the same yarn & stripe pattern. And that will be used when the baby is still tiny. And then I’ll feel better about myself.

Pattern: SuperNatural Stripes by Fawn Pea / Ravelry link / my project page
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria, Peridot, Banana, and Prosperous Plum
Needles: 4.0mm/US 6
Days Remaining: 7, 8-ish if I count tonight and next Saturday morning
To Help with the Miles of Stockinette: listening to the Harry Potter books (on #3) and re-watching Scrubs

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