Friday evening I finished the February Sweater on Two-Needles from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Almanac. The light spots are the reflection from the sun.
I couldn’t find buttons that I liked so I ended up making some out of polymer clay. Only my second attempt but they worked. I need to play with the clay more so I can get some buttons made ahead of time and not at the last minute…like I did this time.
The sweater fit my granddaughter! I was so afraid it would be too small. These photos were taken at the birthday party after the cake. Jayne’s hair style courtesy of some icing mousse.
I used US 8 needles and worsted weight yarn (Caron Simply Soft). (I know EZ would be unhappy with me for not using wool.) I knit the sleeves on dpns (double point needles) to eliminate seaming the sleeve. I did have trouble joining the yarn as I had a gap where the body and sleeves met. I’d really like to know how others do this. I’m not happy with the join but it worked.
I went over to Ravelry and checked to see if others had trouble with this pattern, particularly the sleeve join. Some people were very upset when one questioned the pattern. I knew the pattern was vague and allowed for individuality but coming down one someone for not liking the pattern and lack of direction was just nasty.
That is a shame that anyone would be upset about your knitting! I think it turned out lovely! And, because you made it your way, it is a 100% unique, one of a kind masterpiece. Well done!
And, what a cute baby! 🙂
Okay assuming you didn’t glue the buttons on where’s the holes in the polymer clay? What fancy thing did you go to eliminate the holey requirement?
The cardigan and Jayne look lovely. I don’t really like wool for baby stuff – possibly because I don’t like wool for me either – it itches! ;D
I embedded a jump ring in the back of the button to make my own shank button. I should have taken pictures before I sewed them on.
Beautiful sweater! People get touchy about EZ huh! 🙂 I have had that same problem before, but I just kinda fix it up at the end. Seems like a valid question to me!
Do you get a gap under the armpit? I normally cross the two sleeve stitches and also the two body stitches, which kind of eliminates it by making the hole much much smaller. But, I haven’t knit this pattern (yet – it is so cute, I’d want to give it a try), so am not sure if that’d help.
That sweater is gorgeous on her, and I adore the buttons. Well done!
I’m with Siga on crossing the stitches to minimize the gap, where one exists. Failing that (or missing the obvious while I’m at that point) I will sometimes go in with a darning needle and weave some yarn in to close the gap.
What a gorgeous sweater. And I know I don’t have to tell you how gorgeous that baby girl is!
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