I turn back to my knitting needles and yarn, pleased to re-acquaint myself with their familiar weight, heft, and to get my “knitting muscles” back into shape.
I recently began working on a sweater based on a pattern from a vintage book of patterns published by Interweave. The pattern is sized for a newborn and a different weight of yarn, but I did some calculations and I believe I’ve come up with the correct gauge and measurements for my son’s current size. If not, it’ll be a bit big and he can wear it again next winter, too. The colors are absolutely gorgeous – a rich navy for the ribbing at the cast-on (bottom of the sweater) and the wrists, a light blue tweed for the stockinette stitched fabric of the bulk of the sweater. The yoke features a charming seed stitch pattern near the shoulders and a 2×2 ribbing in the middle (just under the neck opening). The original pattern also features an adorable buttoned-up shoulder detail (leaves the shoulders open to accommodate large babies’ heads!) that I may or may not include in this version. If not, I’d leave the neck opening larger to accommodate for slipping over my son’s head.
I’ve also volunteered to knit some socks for a friend of mine – she posted a photo of the yarn on Facebook and asked for some help with making socks from it. I should meet up with her soon and we’ll figure out which pattern she wants to use and then I can cast on and get knitting!
My mom & dad came to visit recently, and my mom brought the most gorgeous sweater I’ve ever seen! When they visited last time, I purchased the yarn and pattern and sent her home with them. She spent the last year working on it, and it fits me beautifully. I am eternally grateful to her for spending so much time and putting so much love into it. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but it gives you a glimpse at the gorgeous cables around the yoke! Here’s a link to the magazine that the pattern is in. It doesn’t include a preview of the pattern, you’d have to subscribe to see it (sorry!).