Last night I finished Eva’s Pink & Gray Stripey Sweater:
I am very pleased with the finished product. I used a whole skein and a fraction of another skein of Knit Picks Simply Cotton in “Basalt Heather” and less than one skein of Simply Cotton in “Dogwood Heather.” I managed to squeak out the whole sweater minus the buttonbands with one skein of “Basalt Heather.” I used 3 different sizes of needles: 6, 7, and 8. I used the 6’s for the ribbing, the 7’s for the body of the sweater, and the 8’s for the in-the-round part of the sleeves. My in-the-round gauge is much smaller than my flat gauge, and my work ends up looking unsightly if I continue with the same size needle I was using to knit flat.
Back when I went to Hobby Lobby, I picked up some 1 inch wooden buttons to add to this sweater. I sewed them on with pink yarn. Aren’t they perfect? I also employed a new-to-me technique during this project – the one row horizontal buttonhole. (Well, they ended up being vertical since the buttonbands were added on at the end, but you catch my drift.) I had a really difficult time calculating how to space the buttonholes and ended up having to resort to trial and error. They look fine now, but if I’m ever going to use this technique in the future, I’m going to have to learn the intricacies so I can place the buttonholes with ease.
All in all this was a really fun knit, and I’m sure I’ll make another one someday. It isn’t going to fit Eva any time soon, but I’ll be glad to have it come fall!