Thursday, August 30, 2012

Baby Surprise Jacket #3~ 2012

This sweater was knit for Kai~
Pattern is the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman. (Ravelry Link)
Made from Miss Babs Yowza in Raindrops.
Yowza is my favorite, favorite yarn right now. 
Gauge on a size 8 was 4.5 st/in. and 6.5 rows/in.
I used a provisional cast on in the beginning so I could add length to the sleeves. Cast on 160 stitches.
For the decreases I used a sl2tog knit wise, k1, psso and purled the center stitch on the return row.

For the increases I used a Kfb and purled the center stitch on the return row.

Once the body of the sweater was finished, I put the live cuff (sleeve) stitches on a piece of yarn to hold them and seamed the shoulders.
Seaming done using the sewing technique shown here at Pam's Knitting & Spinning Blog~
I then placed the live sleeve stitches onto don and knit the additional length in the round. 
I extended the sleeve length by 1.5 inches, decreasing evenly at the bottom of the sleeve, (from 34 sleeve stitches to 28, approx. 1 dec. every other row) then knit a k1p1 ribbed cuff for another 2 inches. This cuff can be rolled back when Kai is smaller. Total sleeve length is 8 inches from armpit to cuff edge.
Chest measures 18 inches, which is a standard 18 month according to this chart: (this is how I calculated the final sleeve length)

I finished the edges off with an attached icord.
Buttons are from my gram’s button tin.
They are all the same size and material, but different designs. Perfect!

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