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Nancy’s neck-down sweaters

Nancy’s a fast knitter. She comes in and buys yarn, and the next time you see her, she’s got sweaters. Yesterday it was 2 neck-down sweaters for 2 nieces, both knit in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted yarn. What lucky girls!

Nancy's Top-Down Sweaters knit in Shepherd Worsted yarn
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted is a wonderfully soft yarn. Nancy said it’s the first that doesn’t aggravate her wool allergy. And it’s machine-washable, which makes it an especially good choice for everyday wear.

These are not Nancy’s first neck-down sweaters; I don’t think they’ll be the last! Thanks for sharing them with us, Nancy!

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sweater time

Time and again we reach for the wonderful sweater patterns from Knitting Pure and Simple. Most have classic shapes that are great for featuring beautiful yarn. And because the patterns are written from the neck down, they are completed with little seaming.

baby pullover knit in Supermerino yarn

Laura knit this baby pullover in Supermerino, a hand-dyed superwash merino. She used 3 skeins for the 6 month size.

Knitting baby sweaters is a great way to learn in new technique. Even if you don’t have a baby to give the sweater to, you’ll learn to knit the sweater while using less yarn and less time (and you’ll have a hand knit baby gift the next time you need one!). Laura will be teaching this method in her Top-Down Baby Sweater class that’s scheduled for next month.

Registration for this and all of our other classes is open, so grab a friend and sign-up today!

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jersey baby

Craig just ordered Knitting at Knoon‘s pattern collection at TNNA in June, and when they arrived I knew I wanted to knit this sweet little sweater called Jersey Baby. I chose Debbie Bliss’ Cashmerino DK for it’s softness and warm, neutral tones.

Jersey Baby Sweater

I loved the finished product so much that I’m teaching a class on it in August. If you’re ready to try stitch patterns and learn to seam, this would be a great project! I hope to see some of you there!

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baby, baby

I’m sure it’s because of the birth of my first nephew in April, but I’ve become very taken with knitting for babies. I like how quickly baby clothes can be knit and I love seeing him in something I’ve made.

I recently finished the Baby Surprise Jacket in Artyarn’s Supermerino. The pattern was written by Elizabeth Zimmerman and must be one of the most popular knitting patterns of the 20th, and now 21st, century. It’s knit flat with lots of increasing and decreasing and some picking up of stitches, and just when you think it’s the oddest looking thing you’ve ever knit it becomes a jacket.

Baby Surprise Jacket in Artyarn's Supermerino

There’re no sizes. Zimmerman suggests fingering weight yarn for a newborn and DK for a 1-year old. I chose the worsted weight Supermerino and knit it on a 6 instead of the usual 7. I used almost all of three skeins. My nephew is only 7 weeks old, but I’m taking it to him tonight to see how it fits.

Now that I pay more attention to babies, I know there’s a broad range of sizes and growth rates, so it’s hard to know what size sweaters to make. I think the next time someone I know tells me they’re pregnant, I’ll just pick a yarn I like and knit them a Baby Surprise Jacket. It’ll surely fit at some point!