I mentioned some time ago how much I love the look of a hand-knit sweater, and how I was planning to make a ton of them in my "free knitting" time. Well ... I have been! I'm working on one long project right now for a friend who is visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this fall (one guess what I'm making!) so to make sure I don't get bored and put it in "knitting time out", I've been making some little side projects at the same time. Namely these little cardigans:
The pattern I'm using is a Sirdar pattern from the "1913 Cardigans" pamphlet. It's knit in pieces and then sewn together at the end ... but after the first sweater I converted the pattern to one big piece, and left stitches active and on stitch holders at the top of each panel to create the yoke instead of picking them back up at the end.
I've actually been buying up quite a number of Sirdar patterns on Patternfish lately. They have the cutest little infant and children sweaters! The patterns are well written and easy to follow (provided you are an experience pattern-reader) and they always turn out adorable. And I love changing out the buttons and embellishments (like a little flower pin) to give each sweater its own unique feel. I even found a pattern I want to make for myself -- which will be the first thing I'll ever make for myself!
Next up is a little dress for a friend's infant, and a ballet sweater for another friend's little girl. I might also be knitting a dress and matching doll dress for my daughter for her birthday in about a month if I can manage to acquire the yarn in time. And I'll try not to take so long to post about my new projects this time. ;-)