Monday, January 16, 2012

Daisy cardigan with patch pocket pattern

This weekend, we'll be hosting our own Wayward Weekend Link Party! Be sure to come ready to share your favorite crafts and comment on others'!

I started knitting . . . oh my goodness, it was 15 years ago! But I didn't start trying to really improve my skills until the last few years.

When my oldest (who'll be 6 in a few weeks) was a baby, I made my first sweater using the Daisy pattern from the summer 2003 issue of Knitty (a free online knitting magazine!). It's a raglan-sleeve cardigan in stockinette stitch, with seed stitch ribbing. I made it using Sonata, a yarn Elann.com has now discontinued. It's a double-knit weight mercerized cotton, so it's shiny and strong, with well-defined stitches. And I love the color!


And here's my son modeling it, in washed-out-ghost mode:

This took me almost exactly six days, which I think is pretty quick for any project. I was pretty pleased--and that was enough to convince me that baby sweaters are the BEST for quick projects!

Now, for the confession. This craft was, of course, a little wayward: I added the patch pocket to cover up a particularly ugly failed graft between two balls of yarn. I think the result is really cute though, so if you want to replicate it, here's what you have to do:

Patch pocket pattern (standard abbreviations used—hover over the first mention of a term for an explanation)
CO 8 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: p1, m1, p to last st, m1, p1.
Work 8 more rows in stockinette stitch, knitting the right side, purling the wrong side.

Seed stitch edging:
Row 11: * k1, p1, rep from * to end.
Row 12: * p1, k1, rep from * to end.
Row 13: as Row 11.
BO all sts.

Sew onto sweater, seed stitch edge on top.

What's your favorite way to hide a mistake?

Originally blogged at MamaBlogga

6 comments :

Smallgood said...

Yay. So excited for a wayward party. And you couldn't have a cuter model for the sweater.

Just Jaime said...

Darling sweater!

Serendipity and Spice said...

Soooo cute! I'm hosting a winter theme link up party and would love it if you came by and linked this up!
www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
-Melissa

Tracy said...

Awww not only is your sweater cute, but your baby is adorable.
Now the list is long on fixing my mistakes, lol.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I wish I knew how to knit!! SO fun!!

XO, Aimee

Katie J. said...

This is adorable. Makes me want to get my knitting needles back out (I have been crocheting a lot lately)... thanks so much for sharing.

http://littlebeckyhomecky.blogspot.com

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