Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Peapod Sweater. It is such a cute design, isn’t it?
In answer to some comments questions, yes, this sweater was knit with a particular baby in mind, who shall be making her appearance later on this autumn. She’ll have a cozy sweater all ready for her.
I started it Sunday night and finished it mid-afternoon, yesterday. I had Monday and Tuesday off from work, and I did do other stuff besides knitting. Yes, it is indeed a fast knit! The gauge is 5 stitches/inch, and that makes for speedy knitting on baby stuff. And I made the smallest size. I figured because the sweet little pea who will be encased in this peapod is going to be born right before winter, she’s gonna need a sweater right away.
So . . . what’s on the needles now?
If you’ve been readng my blog for a while and have a good memory, you’ll remember that earlier this year I started a cotton denim sweater, but abandoned it because the yarn was not right for the design. I ended up knitting that design in Rowan All Season’s Cotton and it became Kerry.
But I still wanted a denim cotton sweater. And I had a boatload of Elann Den-M-Nit yarn.
Monday night I knitted a swatch. Tuesday I washed and dried it in the machine. The denim yarn is meant to shrink lengthwise, and gain a slightly weathered appearance after you wash it. Here’s my washed and dried swatch.
The post wash & dry gauge is 5 stitches and 8 rows to the inch. The pre-wash gauge was 5 stitches and about 6.5 rows to the inch. Yep, it really does only shrink in length.
I love the appearance of this swatch and really want a knock-around sweater made from it.
Years ago I bought a very plain cotton sweater at a discount place — Marshall’s or T.J. Maxx. I’m sure I didn’t pay more than $10 for it, and it’s likely I didn’t pay more than $5. I loved that sweater — wore it constantly and machine washed and dried it until ten years later, I finally had to let it go, as it was completely worn out. It was just a plain long-sleeve crew neck, quite oversized.
So that’s what I’m going to make: A plain long-sleeve crew neck, oversized. Set-in sleeves. Seed stitch instead of ribbing, and the rest plain old stockinette. I thought about adding some waist shaping but decided against it.
I fired up my Sweater Wizard software and plugged in the numbers, using the washed gauge, tweaked a little, and spit out a pattern. One of the nice things about Sweater Wizard is that it tells you how many rows it will take to knit to your specified length. Yeah, I know you can easily figure this out, but it is nice to have a program do it for you and generate instructions. Sweater Wizard does have its limitations, but it is great for this sort of thing. You can specify a set in sleeve and it generates instructions that allow you to knit a perfect sleeve cap according to your gauge and size.
So here is the start of the sweater.
It sort of feels like knitting with string, and it is boring as hell, so it doesn’t make for great process knitting. Still, the end justifies the means, so I keep focusing on how much I want a plain cotton pullover.
So get ready for lots of pictures of stockinette.
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