Sunday, September 7, 2008

Knitting Away!

Here it is...my first hand knitted baby sweater!
And i am amazed... I have talked about learning to knit for years, and have always said i would get to it "someday...." Well, that day is here! After 4 weeks of beginner knitting class I have finished my first ever baby sweater, and am almost finished with the second one! It is a very basic pattern, all squares and rectangles sewn together. The sweater above is done in garter stitch, with a single crocheted edging.

And this turquoise sweater is the very same simple pattern done with a garter stitch edging and the body of it is done in stockinette stitch. I still need to sew some seams and do some finishing touches on this one.

Here is the first hat i made with knitting needles (I've made plenty of them using a loom) The second hat is well on the way and should be finished tonight. I am using a self striping yarn and i LOVE it! It makes the piece look so much more complicated that it really is. I had nothing to do with the color pattern. The yarn did it all! When i am ready to move up to more complicated projects, i'd love to try socks with this type of yarn...

I tried to get my hat model to sit still for the camera, but you know how it is....

I can see with each project that my stitches are more consistent and uniform. But boy do i need practice in seaming! My knitting teacher Linda suggested that i make up some squares and practice the seaming techniques on those. She really is a brilliant teacher! Thanks so much Linda... You helped me to reach my first goal of making a baby sweater. I'm having so much fun!

3 comments:

Esther said...

what great items - and you only just having learned to knit!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh my goodness... you are so talented!!! You do such a beautiful job on EVERYTHING, Mare!!

Mare said...

Thank you Esther! Thank you Paula! I have been a crocheter for years but never managed to make anything with knitting needles. I'm having a lot of fun with this.