I knitted this garment in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino which is very squiggy and soft to work with and will be super soft on a baby. The advantage of it is that is machine washable. Although I usually only knit with 100% wool, I think for babies (and in particular for baby gifts) its important to think about whether it can be machine washed or not.
I don't like knitting purl as I find I go too slow so I knitted the cardigan in the round on 3 DPNs and a knitting belt (of course!). I cast on 5 extra stitches to form the steek at the front of the garment. This photo above shows the cardigan just before I discovered I had run out of the main colour. I ordered it nearly 3 years ago just after my baby boy was born, I was only getting back into knitting and had a plan for it but can't really remember what that plan was! I thought I had 3 balls of denim blue but only could find 2. So, I bought a lighter blue shade, ripped the yoke back to below the beginning and added in another row of the navy pattern to define the start of the yoke.
Once it was finished it was time to cut the steek. I machined a couple of rows of stitching each side of the central stitch ladder to reinforce the stitches and to make sure nothing unravelled.
The steek was then cut:
The raw edges were trimmed very close to the machine stitches and a ribbon was hand stitched over it on the inside of the button bands to finish the garment.
The finished cardigan.
This design is very topical at the moment, the lambing on my Dad's croft has just finished yesterday.
A Shetland sheep with her triplets
Black and white twins
That is beautiful - and very skilful! :)ReplyDelete
Amazing how you worked in not having enough of the denim!ReplyDelete
This is really beautiful - and although I have a couple of fair isle/in the round projects on the go I haven't cut a cardi steek - have you basically doubled the amount of band and folded it back? I'm a bit confused and can't quite figure it out from the pics.ReplyDelete
Hi Laurasaur, I cast on an extra 5 stitches at the front to form a bridge between the two fronts. I knitted these stitches in rib so I could see them easily. Then I picked up and knitted the facings. Once that had been done I machine stitched each side of the central stitch of the bridge it to prevent it unravelling and then cut it down the middle. The extra fabric was then folded back and stitched to the garment by hand and I then stitched the ribbon on to cover the raw edge. I hope this makes a bit more sense, it is a tricky thing to explain without doing it! Kate Davies explains it much more clearly in a series of posts: http://katedaviesdesigns.com/2012/04/29/steeks-1-introduction/ReplyDelete
You were great and everyone received so much from your experience and knowledgeReplyDelete
Absolutely amazing, thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.
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