Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tomten Jacket

I had so much fun knitting this child's cardigan. I really wanted to knit ups something bright and colorful for a friend's toddler and starting digging through my stash for things I could put together. I started off with a four different types of yarn in slightly different gauges (the blue was a lot thicker than all the other yarns) but I just went up so a slightly bigger needle size and decided that as it was all garter stitch, the different gauges wouldn't make that much of a difference and they really didn't.

To help counter-act the different gauges I decided to stripe the yarn rather than do large color blocks. They may look random, and they are - almost. I am physically incapable of just changing colors by whim. I don't have it in me - too right-brained. So I used this fabulous random strip generator to come up with my stripe pattern. I simply input the colors I had and the widths I wanted and voila - instant stripe. Of course this means that I had a lot of ends to weave in, but don't you think the end result was worth it?

Eventually I ran out of Yellow, then Blue, then Red, then Green. When I ran out I just rooted through my stash some more until I found another ball that was close enough to take it's place. All in all I'm quite pleased.

I will be offering this as a class starting this Sunday, April 25 at knit-one-one studio in Berkeley, CA. If you are interesting in joining in on the fun and picking up on all the tips and tricks I learned while knitting this sweater, please sign up at the class site. If you have any questions feel free to ask me.


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