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Ellis’ Elliot – adventures in test knitting

Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan

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!

Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan

P.S. After my comments last week about lack of modelling cooperation from Ellis, he was a champ here, particularly in the outside pictures!

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Jacqueline 13 February 2017, 6:09 pm

    What a handsome fellow little Ellis is, modelling his cardigan so well. He’s quite photogenic.

  • Kristin 14 February 2017, 7:52 am

    Thanks for test knitting! You gave me lots of goods comments back and quite a few of them are incorporated in the final pattern too! Sorry you missed the new calculations of the sleeves, but it does look really good despite that! And even more happy to hear you are contemplating yet another one! I love combining purple with green, so for a funky version I would choose Primvera, for a more subdued version maybe Granny Smith. It would also look really good with Amber Glow. He looks adorable in it! Love your colour choice. See you soon in Edinburgh!

  • Jessica 22 February 2017, 9:30 am

    Oh he’s delicious! And the cardie is gorgeous. I love the fact that you dress your boys in interesting colours. Mine also enjoy colour. Thought it might be worth mentioning that I found out when my kids were small that sleeveless hand knits were way more useful in keeping them warm than I might have imagined – and they’re also practical as they’re out of the way of all the activity hand do. So if the arm opening is not disproportionately tight, but only the sleeve, then once he gets bigger it might be worth removing the sleeves so he can continue to wear the body as a knit vest.
    I think your selection of Doeskin heather would be really nice, but the darker Walnut heather might be even lovelier with the purple. Like Kristin I also love green and purple together, though I’d probably go with the Turtle, or perhaps the Pesto, for a deeper colour combination.

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