16 April 2009

Easy Top-Down Baby Sweater

This is the first top-down baby sweater I knit, and it was a blast. Not only is top-down the ONLY way to knit sweaters, this one is the perfect base to make all sorts of modifications. I used this pattern, which I found on Ravelry.

I knit this using inexpensive synthetic yarn from the 100 ¥ Shop. It took about 5.5 small skeins, and a few days of diligent knitting. I knit this up right after the move to Japan, so I wasn't working yet (which explains how fast it went).

This sweater might look familiar - I blogged about it on my Japan blog here. I ended up ironing a cute whale patch onto the front, and sending it to my niece, Celia, for her first Christmas.

Mittens - January 2009

I went through a mitten phase this past winter. The problem was that I would come up with more and more ideas as I was knitting, and I had a hard time being disciplined enough to actually knit two of each kind. I also blogged about my mittens here on my Japan blog. Here are some of the results:

"Snowflake" Mitten.

Used off-white wool with a thread of metallic silver purchased at Tokyu Hands.

"Cable" Mitten

Used washable marino wool in Dublin from KnitPicks.

"Chunky" Mitten

Used thick synthetic yarn from my local 100¥ Shop.

The variety shot: