Thursday, 7 June 2012

It's raining, it's pouring ......

The weather here today is absolutely miserable. It's grey and raining, just not what you want for a June day. The forecast is for a month (or more) worth of rain to fall in 24 hours. Not nice. So I thought I'd share some of my recent knitting with you.

First up, the most annoying waistcoat ever! This is actually a really lovely, simple pattern but for some reason it gave me nothing but trouble!! Here's what went wrong.

1. I knit the 6-12 month size. Finished the back but it was going to be too small so ripped it out and to went up a size.
2. I discovered I was knitting with the wrong size needles. I knit the ribbing on 3.25 mm which was fine but knit the body on 3.5 mm instead of 4 mm. I discovered this on the first front panel. Checked the gauge on the front and back, they’re the same (although off a bit from the pattern) so I must have made the same mistake on the back. It looks like it’ll fit him ok so I didn’t rip it out.
3. On the second front I forgot to change the needle size after the ribbing but only discovered this when I had more than half done so I had to rip it out again. Then when doing the neck shaping, I decreased to 14 instead of 12 stitches, again only figured this out when I was about to cast off, so I ripped back some more and decreased the right amount this time.

After all that, I still think it turned out cute. The pattern is from the Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK, leaflet 1927 and knit in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK shade 0152. It fits the little man well now (his 8 months), if I'd used the correct size needles it would be a bit bigger and would have lasted him into the autumn.

Next up, Potae. This is one of the patterns for members of the Matariki pattern club, over on the  K E L L Y group on ravelry. It's such a wonderful pattern, with lots of options for sizes and yarn weights. It's a simple design but turns out great. I really should have measured little man's head but he was asleep when I cast on so I figured I'd wing it and knit the 1-2 years size for the winter. Apparently he has a bigger than average head (although this is a snug fitting hat!). It fits him perfectly now! I could have done with knitting it a bit longer but he doesn't really like things down over his ears. I haven't blocked it yet so it should get a bit of width and length. I'll try it on him again after it's blocked and if I'm still not happy with the length I'll frog it back a bit and add another 1 or 2 cm before the decreases. If all else fails, my friends little boy is 4 months younger than little man so it should fit him nicely in the winter. I'm planning on knitting another one for him using this blue yarn (Wendy Bliss Merino) for the band and the garter stitch detail and the variegated yarn that I used for his Tama jumper (which you can just see in the photo).

Finally for now, I'm taking part in a Mystery KAL hosted on the Knitted Toys group on ravelry. The pattern for "Benny" is designed by Oliver Boliver and each week a new clue and part of the pattern will be released. The first clue was released on Monday, which gave us the pattern for his body. We don't know what Benny is but here's my progress so far.

I wonder what he'll turn into??

Also on the needles at the moment is a pair of socks for me and another hat for Alexander, but more about them another time.

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