Today I’ve got a bit of testknitting to show you! It’s the Elliot baby cardigan by my friend Kristin Blom. This is only my second time test knitting, I’ve always shied away from it because I am such a slow knitter, but the deadline was nice and loose for this and I really enjoyed it! I don’t know if it’s sad, but I just really enjoy making written things better (editing and commenting on reports is a big part of my job), and knitting patterns are no exception, apparently. I did miss a few mistakes in the pattern, the main one being that the arms are way way too narrow – didn’t take a picture of the cardie lying flat but it’s really very obvious! As you can see the budy is still biggish on Ellis, but I supect we won’t be able to wear this until he grows into in in case the sleeves cut off his circulation. This was actually corrected pretty quickly, but as I was working from a print out over Christmas I missed the change being put on the google doc.
Oh, and I learnt to knit two sleeves at the same time using magic loop! Magic! It was a nightmare to set up, and for the first five rows I swore I would never do this again, then it stopped being fiddly and was great and I had two sleeves in no time! Other than that it was a fun knit, obviously being baby sized helps in go along quicker. I did hate picking up the stiches along the bottom band and the button band, because I hate picking up stitches, but apart from that it flew along.
The yarn I used was cascade 220 sport. I bought 4 skeins but ended up just needing 3, So I’m considering masking another one with two colours, using the purple for the lacy bits. Anyone have any thoughts on which colour would go with this greyey purple (amusingly called ‘rainier heather’ which I now understand to be because of Mt. Rainier, but I still find pretty funny)? All the colours here – I was thinking maybe this greyey brown? Or maybe just grey?
More pictures coming up below – sorry not sorry!
P.S. After my comments last week about lack of modelling cooperation from Ellis, he was a champ here, particularly in the outside pictures!