Hi All! You might remember that a few days ago, I posted a dilemma with the baby cardigan I was knitting. I accidentally cast on too few stitches for the arm length, and wasn’t sure if I should frog all the seed stitch or continue on. I appreciate all of the advice I received and decided to just move forward. After some long hours, I finished a few minutes ago and it turned out super cute!
Here’s the info:
Ravelled Here: Quick Stitch Cardigan (3 month size)
Started / Finished: 7/22/16-7/30/16
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles + same size DPNs for the i-cord
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls in the color Flannel (77 grams)
Techniques New to Me: Cast on in middle of project with seed stitch, cast off in middle of project, i-cord ties, and seaming a hand knit sweater. This was my first complete sweater, not including a Christmas ornament 🙂
I decided to aggressively steam block the stockinette portions of the pattern, prior to sewing, and it made the already soft yarn even softer. I set my iron on the highest setting and used the steam button to soak the fabric, holding the iron as close to the fabric as I could without actually touching. While I let it dry, I made the i-cords for the ties. The original pattern calls for casting on a certain amount of stitches and then casting them off. I thought the i-cord would look better and that is what others have done as well. Here’s a pic of how I pinned it out.
I can now see why it takes some of my friends awhile to complete the finishing steps on knitted items. I think in the future, I will definitely look for something that is knit in the round…maybe a raglan type sweater or one that is top down. Since it is a baby cardigan, I only had to sew up the sleeves and the sides; however it took quite a while to finish it and make everything match. I used the mattress stitch and learned that you have to make sure the sewing is done with the right side showing. I started out with it wrong side out. Eek! It was totally worth it and will go beautifully with the hat and booties I made out of the same ball of yarn. I think I’m finished with baby items for a little while 🙂 Now, back to my socks.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!