Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

I have been remiss. I failed to post earlier the fun and success I had with the Presto Chango pattern designed by our very own Valerie, Pea Pod KAL hostess extraordinaire.

I enjoyed this pattern so much, I made three of them!

The top left one was knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Nut. The middle right one was knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Stone. The bottom left one was knit in Suss Bomull in Raisin.

I made an alternate front panel for both the Stone colored one and the Raisin one. However, I only seem to have a picture of the Raisin one, where I used a fish scale lace pattern.

All three of these were made in the smallest size. The only modification I made was on the Raisin one. When it came time to cast on stitches for the sleeves, I used a provisional cast on. Later, instead of binding off the sleeve stitches, I put them on waste yarn. This meant I was able to graft the stitches together for a seamless tube of a sleeve. I really liked the way it came out and will use that modification again in the future.

This is a wonderful pattern. It's a very fun, satisfying knit. And it really impressed the other guests at the baby showers. In addition to the always-fun-to-hear "you made that?!?", people were blown away by the cleverness and practicality of the design. Interchangeable front panels -- a genius way to deal with baby spit up down the front of a sweater. Well done, Valerie. Thank you for the spectacular pattern.

(cross-posted, in somewhat longer format, on my blog.)


ali said...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
I have yet to knit this one, but I do have another pregnant friend, and a pregnant sister...

Valerie said...

Grafting the sleeve stitches--brilliant! Those are 3 very beautiful sweaters!

Danielle said...

Beautiful! I especially love the raisin colour.