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natural knits: textured sweater


Pattern: Fred Textured Sweater from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, Beautiful Designs Using Organic Yarns by Louisa Harding
Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort (20% organic cotton, 80% fine wool), 3 skeins
Needles: Crystal Palace straight size 3.75mm and 4mm, addi circular 3.75mm for finishing neck edging
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches st st with 4mm needles
Size: 6 mos.
Started: knit this swatch on Aug 13 and started the project shortly thereafter
Completed: Nov 9
Notes: The left front shoulder has three buttonholes. I crocheted three small buttons because I didn’t have small enough buttons on hand.
I worked on this little baby sweater secretly for months and finally mailed it off last week. Just in time -the little guy was born this week. The chevron pattern is easy, but required a bit more attention to keep the pattern correct when incorporating the decreases for the body pieces and the increases for the sleeves. I think the start/end markers on the chart for the sleeves are off a stitch because they didn’t match up to the number of CO stitches. I adjusted the markers to make it work. I chose unbleached white, but the yarn also comes in other gorgeous colors.
I love the progress shot above – I thought I was so close to finishing, but then the sleeves – baby or adult they always take longer than you expect!

9 thoughts on “natural knits: textured sweater

  1. Cute sweater! The intended baby will be nice and warm in that adorable hand-knit!

  2. very cute sweater! i’m sure it’ll look fabulous on the new baby 🙂

  3. That is a beautiful sweater – I like the natural white with the laceish type pattern – great choice!

  4. The sweater looks great! I have been looking at patterns in that book for quite some time, and you have inspired me to pick something and knit it!

  5. This sweater and your recent surprise sweater are both great! i have never used the Green Mountain Spinnery yarn but have been eyeing it because of the Harding book, how is it to work with?

  6. I love the look of that, it makes you want to run your hands over it to feel the texture. That’s one lucky baby.

  7. Lovely sweater and lucky baby! Nowadays, I work the sleeves first whenever I can 🙂 Sort of ‘to get them done with’ mentality.

  8. awww…… cute is that! i think babies look way too adorable in handknits.

  9. i love the pictures of this sweater! much nicer then the ones in the book,now that I have seen how nice it is I shall have to put it on my to-do list for the grandson 🙂

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