I Can't Knit Socks

Fairly new to knitting, the ever popular knitted sock continues to frustrate and confuse me.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A baby sweater

Remember the baby bootie I started for a friend whom I though was having a girl and turned out she was having a boy? Well, here is the replacement sweater. I'm happy with the finished product, for the most part, but I am still having trouble with seeming. The seams are too thick. Any suggestions for a flatter job? The pattern is pint size pullover from Total Baby Knits by Candi Jensen. Definately an easy pattern for a beginner. Knit in garter stitch the entire time. The yarn is Berocco Baby Softee Stripes. I think I used size 8 needles, which the yarn called for and I got guage, but I think it would have knit up better on a smaller needle. I would definately knit this pattern again. A great, quick knit.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Another Weasley Sweater

I've cast on for another Weasley Sweater, but this time its for me! I'm hoping to have it done by November 21 - for the opening of the next Harry Potter movie, The Half Blood Prince!

I am using Rowan Felted Tweed in the colorway "sigh". I bought this yarn on ebay specifically for this sweater after I read on Allison's blog http://allison.knitsmiths.us/ that this is the yarn that she used, but then when I got her book "Charmed Knits" www.amazon.com/dp/0470067, I found that the pattern was writted in a heavier weight yarn. I have never tried to adjust a pattern to use a smaller guage yarn, so I was very dissapointed that I was not going to be able to start the sweater.
Recently, I Allison on Ravelry and I wrote her with my dilema. She wrote me back :) (I have been following her blog for awhile now and I felt like I was writing to a celebrity). Anyway, she directed me to an older post on her blog where she had written the pattern in this very yarn! http://allison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_weasley.html Needles to say, I cast on to my size 5 needles right away!

ETA: My links above aren't working. If anyone reading this can tell what I am doing wrong, please let me know.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

Its not a sock . . .

Its a baby bootie! The pattern is from one of the recent knitting magazines (I am horrible, but I can't find it right now to tell you which one, but when I do, I will edit this post). I friend of mine is having a baby and I wanted to find something cute to knit and this was perfect. It took me three tries to get it just right. I didn't knit a gage swatch - the project itself was smaller than the gage swatch would be. The first time I made a mistake and used size 8 needles that the Cannon Simply Soft called for instead of the size 6 needles that the pattern called for. It turned out huge. Sorry, no picture of the first one.

The Second one I used the right sized needles, still with the Cannon Simply Soft yarn, got gage and still the thing was big. More like the right size for a toddler. The pattern didn't specify what size it would turn out to be, so I don't think that it was meant to be a baby bootie. I wasn't about to give up. I bought some "crochet yarn" from Walmart which is more of a fingering weight yarn and used size 5 needles and came of with the final project. I love it. Its really easy to knit but I would suggest doing it on circular needles. The straight needles stretch the stitches too much.

I wasn't able to crochet the strap like the pattern called for. I'm just learning to crochet and it wasn't looking good at all. I ended up just braiding it.

I was just about to cast on for the second bootie when I found out that she is having a boy. UGH! I still plan on knitting the second one and giving them as a gift to someone else. As for now, I am knitting a green and blue baby sweater :)