Knitting Fla

Hello - This is Flavio. I love knitting! I would love to try sharing bits of my life and my thoughts. Lots of love! :)

jueves, abril 20, 2006

My first attempt at... BABY JACKETS!

Dear Friends,

I am not sure where to start from. I have started an ambitious projects, but I don't know how it will go. I wanted to try a "baby jacket" pattern classified as "beginner". I can't remember where I got it from. I search it on Google but it does not come up. I am puzzled!

It says it requires "Cherub DK" and "Cherub Temptations" yarn, but I am using generic yarn. I am mixing three colour. When the pattern says "use 2 yarns of DK", I mix orange and purple. When it says "use 1 yarn of DK and 1 yarn of Temptations", I mix purple and light blue.

I was very thrilled with the plan. First, I had to start with the back: 50 stitches on. Good. 2" in garter stitch, then, 4 times of [6 rows in St st + 2 in Garter st]. All, mixing colours. Garter would be orange and purple, while St st would be purple and light blue. After this, all St st until desired lenght (some 31cm). Instructions said to place 18 center stitches on a holder for neck, and to place on holders each shoulder side, to bind them off together with the fronts. But I am not daring enough to do that, so I followed the second given chance: bind off now back shoulder stitches and sew them to shoulder fronts later.

After this came the hard part: the front sides! This implied doing the same as the back, but splitted in two: 23 + 23 stitches. Also, it involved neck shaping. I HAVE NEVER SHAPED A NECK BEFORE! - Ok, calm down Fla. There must be a solution to this. I tried to follow the instructions. All seemed to go well. The right side gave a nice neck shape. Bind off 3 stitches, dec 1 every other row three times and that's it. NOW... it asked for the same design on the left front, but REVERSED!

I thought this would mean symmetry or something like that. Now. Consider this: if, on right front, neck shaping started with binding off 3 st at the beginning of the desired row, then dec 1 every other row, now I had to DEC 1 AND bind off 3 st at the end of the desired row! This meant I HAD TO CUT THE YARN after BO the 3 last stitches, which caused a stress, because... how was I to continue the following rows after a bind off? I thought the only way was to add yarn, which would produce another loose end, and what's worse, in a neck shape. Oh well. Please, friends, let me know if I did the correct thing or if I misread the instructions. After this, I continued to desired lenght and bind off all 16 remaining stitches. After I bound off, I saw the left front was SHORTER than the right front. I PANICKED. Now I had to learn how to unravel bound off stitches. I trembled.

It sort of worked although the last stitch was... weird. Oh well. I continued knitting ignoring that, and it worked. I worked up to CORRECT length and bound off. Pheeeeeeeeeeeeeew!!

Now, I have two fronts and a back. They look nice and soft. THE WORST part comes now.

Please, I need your support :)



Blogger Josie said...


I love the colors! Awesome, as always. As I have yet to do any shaping at all (I'm still scared of sweaters and the like), I can't help you with the neckline. But from the photo, what you did looks fine. And may I say again that I love the colors?? I believe my next project will be purple and orange! :)

I haven't been knitting at all lately. What with exams coming up and my other passion (writing) being wonderfully inspired, I have spent all my spare time on the computer. I do hope to start a summer top for myself soon (eek! shaping!!), but it will have to wait one more week until finals are all through. I miss my knitting!

Lovely job, I can't wait to see the finished project! Hope all is well with you. :)


20/4/06 18:31  
Blogger Flavio83 said...

Thank you Josie! You are very kind ;) I guess I did a great job hiding loose ends! ROTFL! :)


20/4/06 18:37  
Blogger condith said...

It's wonderful. I have not done any shaping as of yet. And I'm not necessarily looking forward to it. You are such a brave soul. It seems that no matter what you try, it is sucessful. So, keep doing what you have been doing.
Leaps and bounds!!

20/4/06 20:05  
Blogger Flavio83 said...

Thank you Connie! I am so glad you like it :) Now, I hope I'll find enough courage to do the sleeves and assembling...


20/4/06 21:41  
Blogger k said...

Hang in there- you can do it! I'm sorry I can't give you more solid advice but there's a reason why I'm still doing baby booties and hats for Afghans for Afghans!

Just break everything down into tiny steps and you'll work through it. It looks wonderful so far.


21/4/06 02:28  
Blogger Flavio83 said...

Thank you Kaylee!!

I am sewing fronts to back now... *tremble*

21/4/06 09:13  

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