Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Of buttons and sleeve caps I sing, o

Well, ya know. So you're designing your own baby T-shirt, basing it on this sweater pattern, and you're humming along, but somehow you miscount something or maybe it just doesn't work in this yarn or row gauge or — heck, I don't know what I did. But this was just not right.

The widest part of the sleeve was still smaller than the sleeve opening (which was probably too big), so the sleeve, when stitched in, ended up looking like a funnel. Or a pig's nose. I wish I'd thought to take a photo before I picked out the seam.

Now, most baby patterns don't come with sleeve caps. They just knit 'em straight out. But I thought, what could a sleeve cap hurt? And there was this handy-dandy sleeve cap computation tutorial in the latest Interweave Knits. And you know how I loves me some math.

Check it out now!

And check out my bumpin' "hemmed" edges. I love that. Though it was a pain to do. They look even better now that I've stitched up the little gap. I'll show you a finished T-shirt in a day or so, just weaving in a few more ends!

And I finished sleeve #2 of Khaki Cables. On to the right front!

On top of that, the Geordie Stripe is now really and completely done, ready to mail to its recipient.

I am a firm believer that the right button makes the sweater.


April said...

The Geordie Stripe is *beyond* cute. BEYOND! Love it. :)

twistle said...

pretties! - you've been knitting pretties! - they are really cute!

trek said...

Dead f@cking brilliant!

Earin Marybird said...

I want to be small again and have gorgeous things knit for me. No fair! I had an older sister so I had handme downs. : - (

The buttons really do make it perfect. Well done!

PS. As to your comment. The edging is just some simple piping. Cotton cord with the fabric of my choice folded over. It's amazingly easy to do.

jae said...

Val...I can SO relate on trying to make the do it yourself patterns work. Keep on truckin. Meanwhile, your finsihed Geordie stripe is fab!

Elinoire said...

Is anyone but me imagining Austin looking like a teeny Mr. Rogers?

Probably not.