Friday, March 17, 2006

Crap yarn makes cute sweater

Like most knitters, my first project was a scarf. I picked out some Lion brand Homespun in a lovely shade of green and knit a huge stockinette scarf. Ha! I didn't know stockinette would curl so bad but it doesn't take long to figure it out and still I knit on. I have to say, the tension was good and I don't think there were any (many?) holes. I gave it to my mom.
My second scarf ending up warming my friend Jason's neck. Conveniently enough, he stopped by yesterday so I could take this photo. It's funny because most people would not still be wearing this ugly thing 4+ years later!

As you can see, I learned one lesson. That attractive seed stitch border kept it from curling too much. But I still hadn't figured out how to make a scarf look good on both sides. With this nubby yarn I should have stuck with garter stitch but it looks like I alternated blocks of ST st and garter- probably because I couldn't tell right side from wrong side until I started knitting! Seems so funny to me now.
I was recently at the craft store buying crochet hooks when I found a free pattern for a cute sweater using Lion Brand Homespun. I knew I had some left over from my early knitting forays. Here is the result:

I am definitely into my baby sweater knitting phase. It's so much easier to crank out baby clothes than actual babies and they're almost as cute!
So I was going to sew up the last bit on the sleeve with blue yarn but I kind of like them folded up like this. It would help if the little boy this is intended for could try it on but he's far away. What do you think? (Lauren?) To sew or not to sew?


Blogger allisonmariecat said...

So. Frickin'. Cute.

Lucky baby!

8:45 AM  
Anonymous sue said...

Hilarious!! My first knitted project was a stockinette scarf too, which a few accidentally purled rows on the knitted side. It makes me cringe to remember giving this as a gift- but I was so proud just to have knitted SOMETHING.

5:22 AM  
Blogger lee said...

Allison- yes my nephew is going to be a very well dressed toddler I think!

Sue- Who'd you give the scarf to? Who's been knitting longer, me or you?

5:29 PM  
Anonymous sue said...

I think I officially started before you- some girls in my slavic dept taught me. But I didn't really get into knitting until I moved back and we had knitting circle with Amy.
I gave the scarf to Eric's sister, poor girl.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Rafe says, NOT to sew!

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Ali said...

i LOVE that baby sweater! I'm inspired.
And by the way, you should see the retarded scarf I gave my brother as my first knitted project ever. He wears it proudly, god bless 'im, even though it barely fits around his neck and the fringe is all totally uneven.

8:06 AM  

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