Sunday, March 25, 2007

Swedish Meatball

I finally get this blog's reference: Breakfast at Tiffany's. (Thank you, quote of the week in my Stitch'n'Bitch desk calendar.)

If she's knitting a ranch house, I may be knitting an IKEA store:

Our friends Aaron and Pam just welcomed their long-awaited son last Monday. I hadn't intended to knit a sweater...I have a couple other project that need to be completed...but somehow two skeins of Wool-Ease made their way into my cart at Jo-Anns, budgets being what they are, and I started a top-down raglan for the little dude.

The pattern is based on the cover sweater of Mary Rich Goodwin's book Children's Sweaters and Hats: Knitting Seamless Raglan Top Down. I thought I'd give the technique a try.

I'm reasonably pleased with the results. I think it'll fit well; it was a fast knit (it's small, so, duh), and the addition of some leftover navy yarn tempered the whole Swedish flag aspect.

It's also been a great pattern for making me more and more comfortable with stranded colorwork:
Interestingly, though I like the sunshiny yellow and denimy-heathery blue together, the navy and yellow just looked terrible. It's always fascinating to see how colors react and interact with each other. Anyway, after seeing how the yellow body stripe was reading rather neon-Charlie-Brown, I ripped back, did a few more inches of navy, then finished with the light blue and no yellow at the bottom.

More photos to come when it's completed.


Dipsy said...

Awww, this is gorgeous, absolutely! I love how you got the colours to work together, and the Swedish aspect of it is indeed awesome! Looking forward to seeing more of it!

Kim said...

I love the sweater - it looks like you are having a lot of fun with the stranding. Blue and gold are always great together.