Monday, December 28, 2009

Thoughts on knitting a baby sweater

No, it's not for me. It's for a relative and I'll tell you all about THAT later on.

Things I will rip back for:
  • miscounting
  • not liking the way I did the increases (it made really obvious gaps)
  • realizing that I want the button band to be knit when the main body is purl and vice-versa (so it shows up better)
  • realizing that the lace pattern for the main body is not only too froo-froo (for an infant - my own opinion), but it will also take too long, and I will be guaranteed to mess it up at least once. This sweater needs to be done before the end of January. It CANNOT become a pair of aran socks. And since Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swanson practically BEG you to switch out the pattern in the main body...I did. I'm using sand stitch instead.

Things I won't rip back for:
  • a sudden slubby section of yarn (either it will get lost in the nubbly pattern I chose after blocking, or it will just be a charming imperfection). Yarn is imperfect. Get over it.
  • Not including button holes. I hate button holes. Buttons have no place on baby clothes in any case - except in a purely decorative capacity. This sweater will have snaps and decorative buttons. So there.


Madeleine said...

I'm sure it will be lovely. You'll show us pics eventually?

I knit a baby sweater last summer. It was small but a bit fiddly. And I don't know if the baby has/will worn/wear it. I've got another friend-baby on the way and I'm thinking blankie.

Jody said...

Yeah, I'm with you on the lace frou-frou thing.

Looking forward to the photos, once it's been received by the parents.