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  • knitting1105 11:49 am on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Zebras Again 

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    I finally finished the Zebra sweater and dress for my niece Riley. It had sat unfinished for quite some time waiting for steeking, which is always a bit unnerving regardless of how many times that I do it. You spend all this time knitting a complicated fair ilse colorwork, to then take scissors to and cut it in half.

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    The biggest advantage is that all those ends do not have to be woven in.

    The sleeves are more difficult, as they need to be the same depth. I put a black yarn in the center of the sleeve steek, counted the stripes and added a pin to know where to stop.

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    I love the soft pink and orange stripes that I chose for this sweater. The orange is a tribute to my brother’s favorite color, softened down for a little girl. The zebra stripes give it some pizzazz.

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    Waiting for a little girl to play in it.

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    Pattern: Zebra Striper
    Pattern Source: Dale of Norway Pamphlet #8101
    Yarn: Baby Ull by Dale of Norway
    Needles: US 1 & 2
    Date Started: 4/8/10
    Date Finished: 12/30/12
    Finished Dimensions: 3 Years old

     
    • Diane 9:46 pm on January 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a lucky little girl–this is absolutely adorable and she will look so cute in the outfit. Good job!

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  • knitting1105 12:18 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baby sweater, , ribbing, , steek   

    Pink Baby 

    I have finished all of the main knitting for my newest baby sweater.  I love the colors, and this was very fun to knit.  The lower part of the body and the sleeves consist of lots of plain stockinette, all done in the round so just knit, knit, knit.  It was a good project when I did not want to focus on details.

    The yoke went quickly, in spite of a couple of decrease mistakes and color mistakes that I had to rip out.   Whenever you attach the sleeves in this manner, the first few rows at the junctions are tight.  I prefer a yoked cardigan for babies, as there is not the bulk at the shoulders, and seem to fit better.  The beauty of knitting this way is that I only now have to sew and cut the steek (still a bit of a frightening process), and knit the front band.  The neck ribbing was called for with a double over material.  I felt that would be too thick, so chose to do a 1×1 ribbing with a tubular cast-off.   The front band is doubled over, but that serves to also cover up the cut steek.

    When knitting the yoke, the first couple of major rounds of decreases divided nice and evenly around the body.  then it started to get more complicated.  I am a bit of a nut, in that everything needs to be balanced out nicely.  Decreases starting and ending equal number of stitches from the front band, and being spread out evenly throughout the body.  Here are the patterns that I had to use to get my decreases, I tried to find a mathematical program that would solve this, but it is beyond me.  I have given that task to my son, these I did by writing out the pattern.  I found how many even number of stitches went into a decrease row, and how many remaining stitches there were.  Then, I balanced out the extra decreases over a pattern in the yoke.  Here are my last 4 decrease patterns (each number includes the number of stitches knit + the 2 that are knit together; i.e 7= K5, K2tog — in effect 1 st less).

    (7,7,6) 12 times

    (5,4,5,5,4,5,5,4,5,5,4) 4 times

    (4,4,4,3,4,4,4,4,3,4,4,4,4,3,4,4,4,4,3,4,4) 2 times

    (3,3,2,3,3,3,3,2,3,3,3,3,2,3,3,3,3,2,3,3,3) 2 times

    I am writing these down here for posterity so that I do not have to recalculate these again.  Hoping for that program Ethan…

     
    • Karen 1:21 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I have that pattern but wasn’t wild about the orange. However, I LOVE your chosen colors! What size did you make and will the decreases work for only one size? Thanks. It’s adorable!

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      • knitting1105 2:50 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, I am happy with the colors also, it took a bit of playing around with options. I made the 12 month size. The decreases as shown will only work for that. Hopefully my son will write the computer program that I need.

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    • Kimberly (aka Melanthe on Rav) 12:52 am on January 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely beautiful!

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