I have a finished object to share with you today and just as well as the weather is distinctly autumnal now (bye bye summer 😥 ).
I want to test and improve my skills as a knitter and one of the new skills I wanted to learn was lacework. I figured it would be easier to try knitting something for my baby niece, that way the project would be small and relatively quick to complete.
It is knitted top down, in one piece (so no seams!) with all the lacework being done first, followed by lots of garter stitch. I chose to knit it using James C Brett Supreme Baby DK in the colour shade SNG21, which is like an aqua blue colour. The great thing about buying this pattern is that you are given the instructions to knit it in sizes 0-3 months right up to 8-9 years.
I decided to knit it in the 12-18 months size, giving my niece plenty of growing room. So using my new Knitpro Zings, I cast it on and tackled the lacework. I found it difficult to get to grips with it (I wasn’t helped by the extremely sharp points of the needles so couldn’t knit much for extended periods of time) and had to frog back on 3 occasions as I had mucked up the stitch count.
I think I took this photo after I had finished the lace yoke. It was then a case to putting the armholes onto stitch markers and garter stitching the rest.
Once the body was complete , I went back to the armholes and knitted them in the round using Zing DPN’s. I now know in future to get mini circulars for doing sleeves, DPN’s are slow going and also they can cause a slight laddering effect no matter how tight the yarn is pulled.
But I finally finished it, it took me 3 months of relaxed knitting, among other WIP’s and I am very pleased with how it turned out.
The lace does look beautiful and neat, I even found a button in my button box that matches the yarn .
The most important thing was that it fits my niece and that she would wear it. With permission from my sister I have included the photo she sent me of her wearing the cardigan just after I gifted it to her.
She looks sooooo cute, does’t she! The cardigan is actually a really good fit but does have some growing room (but not a ridiculous amount).
Things I have learnt from this project:
- Knit sleeves with mini circular needles or learn the magic loop method.
- Knit a gauge swatch. I didn’t knit one for this and in the photo Miss P is 9 months old. there’s no way the finished cardigan would fit an 18 month old baby so my tension must be quite tight.
- Knit using wool whenever possible. Since knitting socks, I have turned into a bit of a yarn snob. I don’t know if this applies to crochet but wool just knits up differently to acrylic. This could explain why I got slight ladders on the sleeves due to using DPN’s – which came out once I washed and tumble dried the cardigan.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to try some different knitting techniques.
If you would like to hear me talk about this cardigan and some of my current WIP’s I have episode 3 on my podcast/vlog on youTube. You can find the lastest episode – ‘All the WIP’s’ here. To be notified of any future episodes, please subscribe.