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Falling Autumn Leaves Cardigan

I DID IT!!! I finished designing the baby sweater and it fits! It took months of planning and frogging and research. I took tons of measurements and made tons of swatches to make sure that it would fit JUST RIGHT. Luckily, my little toddler was very compliant to trying on the sweater in its various stages 🙂

Here it is!!!

Front panels with a leaf pattern

These buttons were a GREAT find. I saw them and I absolutely HAD to have them. I came up with the leaf pattern that you see on the panels first before I designed the rest of the sweater. As I started making the sweater, I realized that it had to change a bit to fit the shaping of the sweater. But I’m very happy with the way it looks. It does look like leaves falling in the wind.

 

 

Back panel with a celtic knot pattern

 

 

 

The back is embellished with a beautiful celtic knot pattern that I think looks like the trunk of a very old tree. I’m in love with the easy winding the cables go through. This picture also shows the nice raglan seam.

 

 

 

 

I decided to do a no purl braided cable for the sleeve because it’s different. You don’t see them in very many places. I like the way it looks…subtle, but clear. It’s the perfect choice for my celtic-inspired fall sweater.  These sleeves were the HARDEST part of the sweater. No joke. The first time I made the sweater, I made the sleeves last, thinking that I could just sew it all together like I did with my first cardigan I ever made. That didn’t work, so I frogged it. Then I made it in the round, and the raglan shaping failed. It ended up as a drop shoulder. BABIES CAN’T WEAR DROP SHOULDERS! So I frogged it AGAIN. Feeling defeated, I started to do my research. I looked at countless patterns and did countless sketches and a lot of math. I’m an English major, I don’t like math. But it all was worth it! I love the way it turned out!  I don’t have any pictures of it on my little man yet, as he is in bed. But it definitely fits him.  As much as I know you would like it, I can’t offer this pattern for free. Too much sweat and tears went into it. But if you guys are interested in purchasing the pattern, I can make it available to you through my etsy shop. I’m still working out the other sizes for the pattern (I made roughly a 2T for my boy). You’re going to have to give me a bit to do the math on that one 😉

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My journey into bead knitting

So since the cardigan disaster a couple days ago, I felt the need to do something different. I needed to feel some kind of sense of accomplishment! I had seen a couple photos of people who had put beads into their knitting and I always thought it was sooooo pretty. So I decided to try it out 🙂

I started out with doing research. I wasn’t sure what kinds of beads, what size, and how to get the beads on the yarn. I also didn’t know what kind of yarn was best.

Through my research, I found out that thin yarns are best to match up with size 6 seed beads. I also really liked the way the bead placement was when you use a crochet hook and bead as you go instead of stranding a bunch of beads first. Now I had to find a really TINY crochet hook. I’m talking sewing needle tiny.

I got all of my supplies and I was ready. I decided that I wanted to make a headband first.

Side view of the finished headband.

I have to say that it was really hard to get at first. Some of the beads weren’t going onto the yarn and I got a bit frustrated. I figured out that it was the way I was putting them on…I was holding it at an angle and slowly trying to get it through. It’s best to do it in one quick swoop. Also, my TINY crochet hook kept splitting my yarn. That was annoying. But I kept at it, and it got easier as I went along.

Now I was beginning to get hooked! I had visions of beaded knit bracelets and earrings and anklets!!

The first bracelet. It is attached by an icord.

 

 

This first one has an icord attachment feature (reminiscent of the days when we used to make and wear friendship bracelets…you know what I’m talking about hehe). The beads are glass beads and there’s a crochet edging.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss. It’s the same as the headband yarn. I’ll probably make a matching headband for this item before I put it in my shop 🙂

 

 

This next one is the Love and Peace bracelet. It is inspired by my hippy phase. It was a joy learning that I could insert my beads into the pearl side 🙂 This time I pulled out all the stops and knitted clasps directly into the ends. I took the picture before blocking or weaving in any ends so ignore the shape and strings 😉

Love and Peace

So there it is! I am now completely HOOKED. I have plans for earrings and simple anklets…but first I should probably get back to that cardigan…

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Sad day is sad.

Designing a cardigan is HARD. Super hard. Especially since I have only knit 2 baby ones and one adult. All of them pretty stretched out as far as time. And let’s face it…anything that was knit while I was pregnant is now completely erased from my brain along with the feelings of being pregnant. Here’s what I was working on:

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Forgive the photo quality as I took them with my iphone. Pretty aren’t they? They sure are! I was quite proud of these. Here’s what I’ve got right now:

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Sad day is SAD. So how did I go from those wonderful pieces of cardigan to these balls of yarn instead of the other way around? I’ll tell you. I put the cardigan together. The fronts and the back fit each other perfectly. I was excited! Then came the sleeves…I think I might have died a little inside. I tried 4 different times. Frogging the sleeves and starting over with them. If this was a vest, it would have looked fine. BUT IT’S NOT A VEST AND OMG I’M RIPPING MY HAIR OUT.  

So I decided to frog the whole thing and try to knit it all in the round with raglan shaping. Apparently my raglan SUCKS. I went a little bold with a 4 st raglan and I think that’s where the first problem started. Now I have a cardigan that is an atrocious drop down shoulder that I HATE. It looks awful on my kid.

Where do I go from here? I’m unsure. Obviously I’m not the type to stop trying. This cardigan WILL get done. Perhaps I’ll try steeking. I’m not sure. One thing I am sure of is that I’m going to keep trying. I’m also going to paint my nails. I need a little pampering to recover from this emotional trauma! haha 

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Autumn Leaves Cardigan

I’ve been working diligently on the new Cardi… I have the front two sides done and I just finished designing the back. Figuring it out is going to be quite a challenge! But I know I can do it and it’s going to be SO WORTH it.

You’re probably wondering…how do I start designing? Simple. I draw a picture. Or 5. Then I figure out the yarn I’m using by swatching, and the measurements that are needed. If I have an intricate design, I’ll knit it in a smaller form first so I don’t want to kill myself too often with frogging and going back. I use lifelines for parts that I know aren’t going to change to lessen the hassle.

So you wanna see my back sketch? Too bad if you don’t, it’s happening 😉

See what I mean? It’s going to be EPIC. Now if only my son would stop grabbing my yarn every chance he gets, maybe I’ll actually finish this thing by autumn! haha

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Eggplant hat

I admit it. I’ve been procrastinating the production of the cardigan. But look! A new hat!

 

 

Specs: Knit on size 6 addi turbo circulars
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Fern Green and Eggplant

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing I’m not happy with is the seam. I mean, look at it. It’s awful. But I couldn’t figure out any other way to join it. The second time around looks a lot better (I’m making a grown-up size one). And because I can’t leave a post without pictures of my son…here he is modeling the hat!

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In the works…

So my creative juices have really been flowing lately. I spent today sketching out a design for a cardigan and trying to figure out how I’m going to make the leaves on it. Want a sneak peek? You know you do 😉

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Isn’t it pretty? I might change it just a little…but that’s my base design for the front panel. I’m kinda proud of it!! This will be my first cardigan design and I’m SUPER stoked!!

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ETSY!!

I just opened my etsy shop!! Visit, send me love, send me ideas, send me criticism. Thanks guys for being so supportive!!

etsy.com/shop/LittleYarnerknits

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