Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Baby Sweater Set

I've been wanting to make this pattern for a long time. I decided to make it using a skein of sock yarn I'd bought from AlaskanNancy on Etsy.

Yarn: A 420 yard skein of hand painted pure merino fingering weight sock yarn. Colorway: Cherry
Needles: Size 3 needles (circular and straight)
Pattern: February Baby Sweater in Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac, pgs. 28-29 with modifications

Now Elizbath's Zimmerman's patterns have been described as pithy. What that mean's is that they can be confusing. I had no problems understanding the directions until I got to "Place remaining 92 sts on needle, knitting up 4 x 7 sts at the cast on sleeve sts...." Huh?

I found some clarification in this post on a blog titled Ruthless Knitting.

To make it even easier on myself, I decided to knit this sweater in stockinette instead of using the gull pattern. I also realized I could use just about any seven stitch pattern and have been searching for more. Yes, I plan to make more of these little sweaters!

I wanted to knit a matching hat and booties and had just enough yarn to do it.

What cute little outfits they would be with soft linen pants or a delicate flower patterned dress!

I added a little tag and some longer pieces of yarn and an extra button on a ribbon which I'll use to tie all three pieces together.

This is all the yarn I had left when I was done.

I've added it to my jar of scraps which I'll be putting out for the birds soon.

And how lucky am I that this was a leap year and I was able to finish the February sweater on the last day of February!