Pattern | Jacket with seed stitch bands from Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss
Yarn | Sirdar Pure Cotton 4 ply No 0038
Needles | 3.25mm and 2.75mm straight
This jacket is for one of my Australian editors who just left the company with a bun in the oven awaiting to come out sometime middle of this year. I hope her baby would be able to use this for at least six to nine months – no point knitting something that won’t last.
This project was a challenge not because of the boring stockinette stitch (plain old same stitches over and over again) but because the yarn weight used was different and I’ve never tried seaming using the mattress stitch.
Calculating the pattern based on this new yarn weight (the original pattern called for Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino which is somewhat in between 4 ply and DK weight – yes, it’s all very technical). Swatching revealed that if I knitted without making any adjustments, the jacket would be too small. So adjust adjust like crazy. Row counts, stitch counts, length counts…which probably explains why the front looks a tad short than the back. I know, I know.
Well, at least the seaming wasn’t so bad…until I got disturbed and somehow somewhere near the armhole, there was this huge hole. Ack! Had to do some quick patchwork while grumbling away. Mattress stitch is awfully fun to do and very neat!
The finished product looked so cute that it was suggested that I keep this all for myself…hm. *looks shifty* Annneeeyywayyy, I hope the recipient likes it…together with the chocs that will come in handy. Yes, I spoil my editors a lot…even former ones.