In the fall of 2017, I found a pattern on Ravelry that has become my favorite for a baby or toddler sweater. The free pattern is here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-sophisticate-2. I bought an additional pattern for children’s sizes and there is also a pattern for purchase for adult sizes.
It’s just a nice, practical, comfortable-looking sweater with a shawl collar. I have only been knitting for two years and often run into sections of patterns that are difficult, but this one was manageable from start to finish.
I made one sweater in the three-month size in a pretty seafoam color and added a matching hat, pictured above.
I also made three toddler (2-3 years) sweaters in dark blue …
…a tan and brown with a checkerboard panel …
…and a red one with fuzzy white trim. On this one, the white, fluffy yarn was so difficult to work with that I just used it as trim and didn’t make the large collar.
On a pattern like this with a lot of increases, I type out a chart like the one below that will tell me how many stitches will be in each section and a total for the end of the row. In this case, when the increases are finished on row 7 there will be 6 stitches on the right and left sides of the sweater, 14 stitches each for sleeves and 26 stitches for the back – total of 66 stitches. In this case, there are 32 rows with the correct number of stitches. Taking the time to type up this reference and have it with me as I’m knitting saves me from making errors and cuts down on frustration.
ALTERNATING 8 AND 10 INC – ODD ROWS
EVEN ROWS PURL
R1 2 8 20 8 2 40 STS
R3 3 10 22 10 3 48 STS
R5 5 12 24 12 5 58 STS
R7 6 14 26 14 6 66 STS
This is a really nice pattern, enjoyable to knit, and makes good, warm sweaters for the Pine Ridge children.
From the day I started knitting two years ago, Ravelry.com has been an important source of information, patterns and guidance. The one Ravelry benefit I did not use was logging my projects for my present and future reference. I liked reading other people’s project notes but it sounded like too much trouble when I was already struggling with knitting something usable.
Now, that I make 5-10 “usable” items a week, depending on size and how complicated they are, I thought it might be worthwhile to start logging my new projects on January 1, 2018, and started with a very easy baby bib and washcloth pattern – free on Ravelry.
I used this free pattern to make a bib in yellow and in a blue/pink blend, cotton yarn (pictured above).
The charity where I send my baby items mentioned particularly liking to receive washcloths so I used another free pattern to make one to match the blue/pink yarn.
Both of these are quick, easy items to knit and would make a nice shower or baby gift.
I have several more projects in various stages that are logged into my account. If I’m careful to note all of the details, it will be an invaluable source of information for me. Another good reason to be a Raveler.
Finally! A summer’s worth of knitting has been washed, dried, tagged and is ready to mail to the children of Pine Ridge. Every fall, there is a special drive to gather enough items to give each of the K-12 school children a warm hat, scarf and mittens. This year, I made 5 large teenage scarves, 9 children’s scarves …
…4 hoods with neckwarmers …
…3 large teenage hats, 1 child’s hat, 2 ear warmers, and 2 pair of mittens
Now, they’re on the way to the Pine Ridge children for the long cold winter in South Dakota.
MAGIC RAGLAN SWEATER
“A simple fill-in-the-blanks method for making a raglan sweater that is knit from the neck down, in one piece, to fit anybody.”
I like patterns that are really formulas with blanks to fill in measurements plus yarn and needle information to make an item of any size. This is an interesting pattern that can be adapted for any size from infant to a full sized man’s sweater. I chose to make two sweaters for a child 2-3 years old and one baby cardigan.
I like the concept very much but would like to develop a better neckline. It still makes sturdy sweaters for the little Lakota children of Pine Ridge, SD.
My blogger friend, Kelli, alerted me to a drive by Oklahoma hospitals to increase awareness of deaths of shaken babies by providing newborns with a purple hat (any shade of purple). Other states are also participating – information is here: http://clickforbabies.org/partners/oklahoma.php
The deadline is September 30, 2017.
I made the 5 hats pictured above in purple and lavender and my daughter made the 7 hats below, in purple and yellow (hats have to be at least 50% some shade of purple).
These were quick and easy to make and I hope will serve as a reminder to all of the new parents. We had a tragic incident of this type a couple of weeks ago in our area and it is always heartbreaking.
I wrote earlier about knitting a blanket for the Welcome Blanket project and am happy to report that both my younger daughter and I have completed a blanket for immigrants.
My daughter is a talented and experienced knitter who made a gorgeous blanket which really says, “Welcome”.
She used the pattern from this link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ondas
I made a very simple blanket which is garter stitch on half and a Fair Isle sampler on the other half. I used this pattern:
I didn’t keep a close enough eye on the gauge for the Fair Isle portion, so the very last corner was not quite correct. I asked my older daughter to crochet a large flower to sew on the less-than-perfect corner and considered it a design element.
These two blankets are in the mail for distribution to needy immigrant families. We were asked to include a note and this is what I sent.
I’m 84 years old and live in Ohio, USA. I was so happy to be able to knit this blanket for you in honor of all of my ancestors who came to America in the 1700-1800s from England, Holland, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. This is a picture of my great-grandfather whose family immigrated from England …
My daughter told me recently about a drive to collect 3200 blankets, 40×40 inches, to make a wall of blankets for refugees that would be equal in yardage to the 2000 miles of the proposed Mexican border wall. The blankets will be donated to deserving refugee families of many nationalities. The idea is that they are “welcome” blankets and each is to include a personal note from the donor about his/her family immigrant history. Any kind or color of yarn can be used and they are also accepting crocheted blankets or quilts of the same size. Check here for details: https://www.welcomeblanket.org/
For my blanket, I chose off-white and blue-green worsted (#4) yarn used with #9 circular needles – piece is knit flat. I am about 2/3 finished with the blanket and am using a pattern I’ve used before with good results:
The blanket starts with 5 stitches and is worked on the diagonal. I did the first half in a random stripe pattern.
I’m doing the other half in sampler rows of various stitches. See update below.
I’m looking forward to completing the blanket and getting it in the mail along with the note about my proud immigrant background.
Update 6/24/17 – If you’re making the two halves of different stitches, as I did, be sure to check periodically to see if the two halves are matching as you go.
My friend at Knit ‘n Kwilt is also participating by making a quilt.