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Hello! I am Diana, wife to Ted. We are the parents to one miraculous 6-year-old little princess. Aside from my daughter my earthly passions include home-cooking at an intermediate level, Music, knitting, photography, learning Adobe Photoshop, digital scrapbooking, and online social networking.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fresh Off The Needles: Autumn Toddler Sweater

Well, the last time I blogged about knitting was back in July because I took a break from knitting most of the summer. But I am back into it now and wanted to share my latest completed project. It is a toddler sweater for the Little Princess. It is the same pattern I have used to knit baby sweaters, and is adapted from Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss. It is my favorite knitting pattern book that I have ever used, and there are some great intermediate projects in there as well. I borrowed the book from my SIL about 3 years ago and haven't given it back (((blush))). I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to knit non-complicated stuff for babies & toddlers:

I say the pattern is adapted because I used the pattern for "Sweater with Square Set-In Sleeves" which has a diamond stitch pattern. I did the sweater in straight stockinette stitch choosing to do a striped color pattern instead.

Back in the spring, I knit a sage & rose toddler dress for her in the same pattern that I used for other dresses I have talked about on here, and I loved to color combo so much (and had the leftover yarn in my stash) that I decided to do up a sweater for the Little Princess for fall.

It knits up fairly quickly on size 7 needles, it took me 3 days to complete the body panels & neck band, but not without a small glitch that involved the sweater not fitting over my child's giant melon, and me having to rip out my bind-off and redoing it. And then knitting fatigue set in, my pace slowed and it took me another whole week-and-a-half to finish the sleeves and the sewing together.
Anyway, it's done, it fits great, and I am really happy with it. The princess seems to like it as she keeps picking it up and saying "Mommy, you knit this for me?" :)

Here are a few pics I snapped with her in it, and a little digiscrapbook page I did about it:

This scrapbook page was created using all goodies you can find over at The Sweet Shoppe.

That's it on the knitting front for now. There could be a baby shower for a close friend on the horizon, so we shall see what kind of projects that may bring! Thanks for reading!

-Diana, The Ivy Kitchen


Lena said...

adorable! I only know how to knit scarves...everything else is too intimidating. This is wonderful though!

Jennifer (Jennilyn) said...

That is a sweet sweater! I tried to learn how to knit when I was younger but just couldn't get it right..

:::Melanie::: said...

WOW! You do amazing work with needles! Love the swetaer and the sweet LO!

Kresta said...

What a nice sweater and even nicer that you made it! Knitting is not something I've even attempted at this point! :)

LuAnn said...

I love the scarf!! I used to knit when I was a teenager - I learned how to when I was in the 4-H. I'm jealous! I can't take the texture of yarn on my hands now though :(

Colleen said...

Oh that's so cute! Awesome job!!
I'm actually planning on starting 1 or 2 knitting projects myself this weekend, after a looooooooooooooooong hiatus :P

Eve said...

What a cute sweater!! My grandmother tried SO hard to teach me to knit, but I could never sit still long enough to learn! lol

Laurie said...

Oh how adorable is that sweater!!! Cute pictures and I just love that layout!!

Regina Bertrand said...

How precious!