Sunday, March 02, 2008

If At First . . .



I tried and tried to start an Elizabeth Zimmerman February Baby Sweater over the past week or so and utterly failed. It isn't like I haven't made one before--I made one last summer for the newest edition to the family. I've even got proof here. You might have noticed that the picture above is not the February Baby Sweater. Let me explain the bait and switch. Or as I call it "If I have to Frog this %$#@ Sweater one more time."

For some reason, I couldn't get the February sweater to work to save my life. First I knit the garter section for way too far. Frogged it back. Then messed up the lace portion. Frogged that back. Messed it up again. Frog some more, add swearing this time. Quite honestly, when you start swearing at a baby present, you really need to put it down. You're putting the wrong sort of mojo into it.



So finally I just frogged the whole darn thing and tossed the yarn back in the stash. Instead, I cast on the Drops Baby Jacket with some KnitPicks DK Swish I had bought to make the Peapod sweater. Of course, my gauge is off by mile, but I don't care that it is turning out to be way too big. Here's the cool part of knitting for babies. They get bigger. And eventually, voila, the sweater fits. And I love how you knit it around the body, starting at one front and making a lap around. And the short row shaping keeps the garter from becoming too boring.

And happily, the mojo is right on.

3 comments:

tiennie said...

It's fantastic! Glad you got your mojo going!

Patricia said...

Love the color combo and that yoke pattern ids great. That is the cool this when knitting for babies...size doesn't matter...too much.

Mae said...

I also love that babies grow! Except for when I knit really beautiful things and they only fit for a month or two :P