Sunday, May 02, 2010

More cupcakes please.

And I'm back....When I knit the swatch (insert self-congratulation here), my intention was to figure out how to place the colors. After finishing the swatch, I went a little different route.

But first I started with a tubular cast-on, which is one of those amazingly clever little tricks. It's like turning the heel on a sock. It was deceptively simple (even for someone like me who ordinarily ALWAYS uses the simplest cast-on), and I felt oh-so-very-smug when it was completed. And frankly, it looks pretty nice too. For K1P1 ribbing, I will likely never cast-on any other way.

Tubular Cast-on
This is cast-on number 2 for the second version.

I knew that I wanted to make the sweater as a cardigan. And here's why: babies have huge noggins. And in my very limited experience dressing babies, pulling things over the head can be a bear. From a knitting perspective, this design choice left 2 options: (1) knit the whole thing in the round and st-EEK! (for the non-knitters, a steek involves taking scissors to finished knitting to make an opening) or (2) knit the stranded portions (that's the cupcakes) flat which means purling while carrying an extra color. Here's the thing with a baby sweater like this, I think it should be simple. And in this case, for me, that meant no steek. The stranded portions comprise maybe 24 rows total. So doing a pain-in-the-arse vs. reward analysis, I decided that the 12 or so purl rows would be worth it.

Cupcake Sweater pre-finishing

Of course my cardiganization will require that I pick up stitches for a button band, which is one of my least favorite techniques. And I haven't gotten that far yet.

I've rediscovered my knitting mojo. But I'm also already thinking of what to do next - like a worsted weight pullover version for older kids. Yay or Nay?

I'm also trying to decide whether or not this little sweater will be worthy of becoming one of my first patterns to offer for sale. The math alone may prevent that from happening. But first, what do you think? Has anyone seen anything similar already out in the public domain for free or purchase?

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

~RaenWa~ said...

Its because of gorgeous projects like yours that I am dying to learn color work. The recipient of that cardigan is going to be one lucky baby.

princessquiltandknitalot said...

super cute! I have not seen anything like it.

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