Second Time Around

After a rather disappointing first attempt at this pattern, I have achieved success!  This is another knit for sweet baby M, in the same color palette as the first.  Her mama and I both love purple, so it’s an easy choice.

The second time around was faster and more successful because of the first fail.  It’s amazing what we can learn through failure, right?  Must keep that in mind in life as well as knitting.  Anyway… This time I knew what to look out for with sizing, modifications for fit, and the amount of yarn I had on hand.  First, I chose the smallest size, 3 months (p.s. it’s still big, more like a 6-9 month). I knew there wasn’t enough to make a dress, so I did fewer increases and a single repeat of the reverse stockinette band at the bottom.  I also opted to continue knitting in the round after binding off the sleeves, creating a smaller (neater) armhole. You can see all the details on my Ravelry page.

Things got a little dicey at the bind-off, and despite my best efforts at knitting quickly and pulling yarn tightly, I ran out of yarn with about 10 stitches left.  In what can only be described as a genius move of knitterly desperation, I clipped a long tail from the cast on and used it to finish up.

Since I ran out of the violet yarn, I had to choose a coordinating color for the crochet edging and button loops.  Purple and green are a classic favorite of mine (hello, blog colors!), so it easy.  My crochet skills are a little lacking, however, and I struggled with these simple details.  It’s not perfect, but it will do.

The yarn, Be Sweet Cotton Candy, was soft and a lovely color, but super splitty.  This proved most irritating on the body as I like to knit without gazing upon every stitch.  Sometimes I’d come back around and see that I had split a stitch on the last row and would have to stop and fix it.  I also noticed that after blocking some of these spots still stand out.  Overall, the fabric is soft, drapey, and machine washable, so it’s a good option for kidlet knits.

We’re finally expecting some sunshine and warm weather this weekend. In between playing softball, hosting a birthday BBQ for Sweetie, and taking a trip to visit Yarnia, I hope to fit in a little knitting!  It’s bound to be a fun (yet exhausting) weekend.  I hope yours is shaping up to be a good one, too.

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5 thoughts on “Second Time Around

  1. oh yes. The second time around after failure can be such a satisfying experience. Been there. It’s adorable and lovely. Great mods, great genius move, great contrast. Another success!

    I think I need to make another one because I can’t confirm it but I suspect Alice’s dad felted the one I made and saw her in just once…..

  2. ooh la la… I LOVE IT! That green is a perfect bit of pizzaz. You really know what goes good together.

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