Gift Baby Sweater

IMG_20150721_122148_kindlephoto-249361707I just finished this cute baby sweater as an example for an upcoming class at Nitro Knitters.

The pattern is free on Ravelry, called “My Gift to You” because it is the designer’s 300th pattern.  300 patterns!  Holy cow!

And it is a pretty fun knit!  The only real flaw is that when knit as written, the last repeat of the textured pattern wants to flip up around the bottom edge (not so much on the sleeves).  So if I were to do this again using this stitch pattern, I’d finish with either an inch of the 1 x 1 rib, or garter stitch, like this knitter did.

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Other than that minor issue, I really like it.  The asymmetrical opening adds a super-cute touch.  I used some colorful worsted weight yarn I already had, but you could really knit it in anything washable and worsted weight.  If I didn’t already have a yarn shop in my house, I’d have knit it in this cute “crayon” washable wool by Plymouth (available at Nitro).

Ravelry shows some nice customizing that others have done, including color blocking and changing the textured stitch pattern.  I have to confess that I didn’t 100% love knitting the stitch that is in the pattern:  not that it was difficult in any way, but it wasn’t all that easy to “read” and keep track of.  I am a lazy knitter at heart and I like to keep things simple for myself!

So, in class, we will discuss how to change the pattern up to use other stitch patterns, including the MMMATH you need to do it.  Don’t worry, it will be pretty painless, and you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to.  But hey, you might learn something anyway if you join us!  Class dates are Tuesdays, 8/6, 8/13, and 8/20 8/4, 8/11, and 8/18.  See you there!

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