It was an overwhelming vote that Holden's sweater
should have the blue buttons.
I got them sewn on last evening.
I promised info on this sweater pattern, so here goes.....
I found the pattern on Ravelry.
It is called BABY SOPHISTICATE by Linden Heflin.
(She also lists it under the name Linden Down).
It is a free Ravelry download.
I chose 1 skein of RH Super Saver
worsted weight in the color Blue Tones from my stash.
I picked this color because it reminded me of denim
and blue jeans, just right for a little boy.
I am a bit of a tight knitter and my gauge was a bit smaller
using the size 8 US 24" circular knitting needle. It also requires
size 8 US double point needles for doing the sleeves,
4 stitch markers, tapestry needle and 4 buttons.
I made the 6-12 months size and it required just
under 1 whole skein. Take it from me, this is a relatively
fast project. I am a slow knitter and it took
me 3-4 days to make.
There are also instructions for size 0-3 months.
Would I make this sweater again, YES!
Another plus is that there are NO seams
to sew up on this sweater. LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Then my friend Debbie asked me to make her a
large granny blanket trimmed out in gold,
just like the one I made about 2 years ago.
So the baby sweater was my "portable"
project and the granny was my stay-at-home
and "don't waste time while watching tv" project.
Once again I was digging around in my stash of yarns.
The pattern is your basic granny, 2 rows of each color,
till you have a total of 10 rounds.
Then go around each square with 2 rows
of the color you want as the border.
Make 25 squares (5 across x 5 down).
I then went around the entire blanket with a single
crochet border, putting 1 stitch in each double crochet and
3 single crochets in the 4 corners. Where the squares
are joined there are 2 corner spaces
butting up next to each other and I put 1 single
crochet in one space and skipped over the joining seam
and put another single crochet into the next space.
It is not rocket science, and you will not be
a drooling idiot when doing this border.
You can join the completed squares by several methods.
Myself, I prefer hand stitching using a tapestry needle.
I know this is the most time consuming way,
but I don't like having a seam that has a ridge.
I have done both methods and I am sure there are some join-as-you-go instructions out there as well.
My only flat surface to sew a large blanket together
is my kitchen table. It took me about 9 hours total.
You can believe me when I say there were times I thought
my hind end had adhered itself to the hard wooden chair.
By the time I had gotten 6 seams done I headed for bed,
only to start up again the very next morning.
This blanket may be going to Georgia.
My friend has not decided yet whether she will
give it as a gift to her dil or keep it for herself, lol.
All I can say is that there is more of where this came from.
I have made at least 6 of these large grannies
over the years and no 2 were alike.
They are a fast project and portable as long as
you are still making the squares.
It is a great stash buster and
uses up smaller amounts of yarns.
I can lay these 2 projects to rest, how satisfying
to have completed them.
My next project is to make Meghan's t-shirt quilt.
She has been
Until then, I am off and running.
Hope all of you are well and having some fun.
Take care lovelies.