The beauty of baby knits (which I may have mentioned once or twice before) is that they knit up really quickly and much to Middle Mudlets delight, I have now finished this project. Middle Mudlet is delighted for two reasons, the first of which is that this was for her teacher and the second, that I can now start on her new jumper, the pattern and yarn for which arrived in the same parcel as the Babyglitz.
Another positive for this particular pattern was it’s raglan armholes because this makes attaching the sleeves, infinitely easier. A raglan armhole is created by decreasing the armhole edge/edges by one stitch every couple of rows which means that the armhole edges of the back piece, both front pieces and the top section of both sleeve edges form a nice even, diagonal line to work with. Raglan sleeves are also sewn to the back and front pieces before the side and sleeve seams are joined. Yep, a much easier way of doing things in my opinion.
This pattern also had the ‘pick up and knit‘ method for button and front band creation which is also my preferred method because, as I mentioned in my previous project, the pick up and knit system means that the band is already attached to the garment whilst being knitted up and therefore does not need to be stretched and then sewn into place.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with knitting terms, ‘pick up and knit’ means exactly that. For example, this pattern said : With right side facing (right side is the front of the work – the bit that will be seen – whereas the wrong side is the back of the item), pick up and knit 47 stitches, evenly along the left/right front opening edge.
Again it can take a few attempts to get the distribution of the stitches evenly spread but it is easy to pick up then knit the stitches and by following one individual stitch all the way up the front, to create a lovely straight edge. Mind you, the term ‘pick up and knit’ is slightly misleading because you are actually creating brand new stitches by knitting through the row ends of the work. So to pick up and knit:
Reattach yarn to wrong side of work, as near as possible to the edge you will be working;
- Put point of needle through the row end about one stitch in from the edge;
- Wrap yarn over the needle;
- Holding yarn tautly, carefully bring the point of the needle back through the row end and, voila, the stitch has been made; and then
- Reinsert the point of the needle into the next row end, again one stitch in from the edge, following the line of the second stitch and repeat the process. Continue until you have the correct number of stitches for that section.
Obviously, this is fine for straight edges whether patterned or plain but neck lines are slightly more challenging. I would simply suggest trying to ensure that stitches picked up along these edges are also one stitch in which should help keep the neck band edge looking as neat as possible.
I have to say that attaching the collars was the hardest part of this particular cardigan and I must have sewn in then unpicked each collar, at least twice before I was finally happy with how it looked. There were so many fiddly finishing off bits to this garment, including the knitting up of the pocket bands and then sewing the pocket linings and the edges of the bands in place. The little buttons were the last piece of the puzzle and then it was a case of pinning the item straight and gently pressing it, under a damp cloth to finish off.
The cardigan was then carefully wrapped in tissue paper and a layer of gift wrap, a pink bow was added and Middle Mudlet happily presented it to her teacher before lessons this morning. Next project is Middle Mudlets jumper ….