Sunday, June 29, 2014

It's NOVA, baby!

Recently I went to a baby shower for a new mom who is a co-worker.  Both she and her husband work at NOVA Chemicals so I decided to make a little cardigan for their new daughter based on the company's logo, left:

Perhaps she'll be a NOVA employee when she grows up.  I made a little change, turning the dot into a smiley face.  The cardigan is plain raglan and I made it more feminine by adding a pink trim around all of the ribbed sections.  I created a knitting graph for the back:

I did this in Excel for a specific reason.  I've got a very comfortable chair in front of my computer at home and it's one of my favorite places to knit.  I had the spreadsheet up on my monitor and when I finished a row I would then hide that row, working my way up from rows 1 to 54, like this:

When I was finished the intarsia design, I unhid the rows and the pattern was back in its entirety.

It was very gratifying that the sweater was so well-received by the mom and the other guests at the shower, many of whom are also employees, or married to employees.  This little cardigan actually had its own paparazzi as some of them took out their phones and snapped photos.  It was suggested that I make sweaters for their kids as well as adult sizes.  I declined!

The buttons are a very pale white, almost transparent, with white flower design:

A rather dark picture.  The sweater is actually a very nice, clean off-white shade.
The back with the logo design:

I don't know why the blue color is so neon as shown here.
In the photograph that I uploaded it is not.  

The blue is actually a medium baby blue as on the graph.


Pattern:  Basic stocking stitch cardigan, "Bow" by Kertzer.

Size:  12 months

Yarn:  Cascade 220 Superwash Sport
3.25 skeins of #817 - Aran
> .5 skein of #897 - Baby Denim
~ .1 skein of #894 - Strawberry Cream
A couple of feet of black from my stash.

Needles:  US #3/3.25 mm (ribbing) and US #5/3.75 mm

Notions:  5 buttons

Note:  The sweater was knitted, assembled, blocked and buttons added in five evenings.  I was very glad to have finished it in time for the shower.  I hope that I never have such a tight deadline again!

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