This is the first of two wee cardies I’ve knit for Baby. No soft pastel colours here, just dark green. Everything else we’ve been given has been pale in colour and not surprisingly babyish so I thought something more grown up was called for.
- The pattern: Latte Baby Coat
- The designer: Lisa Chemery
- The yarn: Stylecraft Special Chunky in Khaki
That’s right, I’ve put the yarn snob in me aside for the practicality of acrylic for this one. Stylecraft Special is such good value and easy to get hold of so why not. The pattern is great, well written and easy to interpret. I
might have made a minor mistake in the woven basket stitch section but boy is it a nightmare to fix when you do so I’ve left it in and fortunately it’s not really noticeable. Pay attention, close attention if you take this on when you get to the woven basket stitch if you don’t want to repeat my mistake.
Baby’s hat is blocking so it’s cast on time again. I love cast on time and this time it’s a new cast on for me. I’ve picked a pattern with a number of new skills this time so there’s likely to be a few posts about it that get my blog back to it’s orginal purpose of keeping all my knitting ‘stuff’ in one place so I can find it in the future.
A magic cast on for toe up socks. “But you hated knitting socks” I hear you say puzzled. Well don’t worry, I haven’t lost my mind and decided to knit socks again. I won’t be using this for socks but for the hood on a cardiagan/coat for my little wriggler that still has about a month to cook.
I found a number of versions of this cast on. What seems to be the original posted online is from Judy Becker published here on knotty.com known as Judy’s Magic Cast On to the web (recommended by the pattern I’m following). Then there’s another version from Curious Knitter known as Judy’s Magic Cast On a la Jeny. Both are really well illustrated and I didn’t need to resort to YouTube to work either of them out.
Plumping for the original, just because it’s the first I tried, rather than any preference for the technique and the result is a very boring invisible cast on at the top of the hood on Baby’s cardigan. So boring in fact that I’m not even bothering to photograph it!
I have started my first ‘big project’. My first real adult cardigan. Cropped, to suit my vertically challenged stature. All 5 foot of me struggles with standard lengths and I’m not confident that I could adjust a pattern appropriately to fit. I have carefully selected Agatha as the pattern. It avoids significant seaming and has pretty lace patterns that should keep me entertained. I’m not working too hard on it at the moment as I hope to take it on holiday with me, along with another project that is yet to be chosen following a yarn donation from MIL (more on this another time).