Sunday, June 13, 2010


My new project is underway.  It won't take more than a week or so and then I'll go back to working on my Bohus.  You might have guessed that it's a little sweater for my grandson, Braydon. 

The hard part about making something for a baby is deciding on size.  He is about 4-1/2 months old now and this will be a late fall/winter pullover.  Since he is a big boy, I've decided to make it about a 2-year-old size, approximately a 22" chest.  I'd much rather that it be too big so that he can grow into it.

One of my favorite stitches is the Shaker Rib, a variation on the fisherman rib or brioche stitch.  I remember buying a sweater with this stitch when I was a teen and I've never tired of this design, so that's what this one is going to be.  The sweater will be just one color, navy, and the shaker stitch will give the sweater a texture without needing to show a stitch pattern, as you would want to see with an aran, for example.

I started by casting on 62 stitches with 3.0 mm needles and doing 8 rows in 2x2 rib (K2, P2).  The yarn is Sirdar Snuggly DK. I wanted the ribbing at the bottom, cuffs and neck to be different than the ribbing of the sweater, to show separation between them.  Then, I switched to 3.5 mm needles and started the shaker rib:  every row is K1, P1, *K1b (knit one into the stitch below), P1 and repeating from the * to the end of the row.

I stretched my knitting a bit to open up the stitches so that you can see the stitch below.  Do you see that hole under the first stitch on the left-hand needle?  That's your destination.

Insert the right-hand needle into that hole and knit as you normally would, slipping the stitch off the needle.

That's all there is to it.  It makes a nice elongated, over-sized, squishy stitch which I find very satisfying.

The weather here in Denver has certainly changed.  We've got from high 90s to mid-50s and rain for this weekend.  I have no temptation to go the Estes Park Wool Market this year, which wraps up today.  I'm hoping to go next year and take along my friend, Ana.  Instead, I've got my knitting and will start watching the John Adams mini-series.  I hear that it's quite good.  It's an afternoon to relax.


JelliDonut said...

I'm skipping Estes Park too. It's just too yucky outside. What channel is the series on, or do you have it on disc?

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

ooh, looking forward to seeing what that stitch looks like when you have a good chunk of the sweater done. Navy will be a wonderfully versatile color for your grandson.