Knitting – WIP – Marianne Mel Baby Sweater

I have two WIPs this week – the new one is a repeat of the first baby sweater I ever made. When I first started knitting, I stuck pretty much to scarves and hats, thinking I couldn’t make anything as complicated as a sweater. Then I happened upon Marianne Mel, an English designer who offers hundreds of free patterns and every one I have tried has turned out well, even with my limited experience. This is a pattern for a top-down sweater on which the body is completed and then the sleeves are added. I’m doing mine in Knit Picks DK yarn in a pale green shade with a #6 circular needle.

Here is a link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mariannas-lazy-daisy-top-down-with-sleeves

The second WIP is a continuation of my Little Lacy Shawl from last week. It is about 75% finished and is at a stage where I can work on it in the evening while I watch TV (British shows on Acorn and Britbox are my favorites).

Knitting – Wednesday WIP – Small Gift Basket

My WIP (work in progress) for this week was just started this morning and is a free pattern on Ravelry through August 31, 2018.  I’m having more luck with a top-down type beginning than I usually do and although the pattern calls for cotton yarn, I’m making this little basket with an assortment of small amounts of #4 thin yarn (mostly Lion Brand Pound of Love).  The pattern calls for double-pointed needles, but I knit everything with circular Magic Loop needles and I’m using a #7 for this project.  The finished basket is supposed to be 5-3/4 inches with a handle to make it 8 inches in height.  Check out this link and see if this is something you might like to make – free through August 31, 2018.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/striped-basket with a coupon code of BASKETCASE.

 

These were my finishes last week:  A larger child’s scarf with a bit of open work on each end.  We’re asked to keep lace or open work to a minimum because the winters are so cold there.  I also made a pair of mittens in Bubble Gum Pink and a sparkly white yarn to match a scarf that was finished last week.  Two hats were finished this week, one with a double layer of stitches in the brim for extra warmth, and another with ear flaps.