Patching it Together

January 31, 2019

Once I realized that my self-striping sock yarn wouldn’t work for a top-down baby sweater — because the body would be too large for the colored sections to become stripes — I searched for a new pattern. As usual, I spent a long time down the rabbit hole that is Ravelry but eventually found a good match for a baby cardigan made with sock yarn: Patches Baby Sweater

Lucky for me, the library had a copy of Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, so I didn’t need to buy the pattern. But I must admit I’m tempted to buy the whole book. As my stash can attest, I’ve got quite an affinity for sock yarn!

The sweater is constructed from a series of knitted strips that are joined as you go.

After I’d knit the first strip (on left in photo above), I decided that I wanted the sweater to have more variety than a series of equally-sized stripes/blocks would provide. So for the second strip (on right), I starting knitting with two balls of yarn, which gave me the option to choose the width of the stripes.

If you follow from the lower border, you can see that after knitting the gray garter stitch border, I knit six rows of blue stockinette stitch, then switched to four rows of gray, then four blue, then six rows of yellow.

The joining isn’t always quite as smooth as I’d like, but I’m getting the hang of it as I go. Here’s the back after three strips.

Yesterday evening, after I’d bound off the third strip and wove in the end, I realized that it was a row or two shorter than strip #2. And, to make matters worse, I realized strip #2 was a couple rows shorter than the first strip!

There’s no way I’m going to rip all this out. Instead, I think I’ll just pick up the bound off edge and add a couple rows. Stay tuned for how that goes!

In other knitting news, Mom finished another garter stitch scarf.

This one is made with a bright, beautiful worsted from Lady Dye Yarns. The colorway, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, is discontinued, but you should definitely check out her beautiful yarns, project bags, and pins. How great are these?! Click on the images to see more of her great products.

knitters pins from Lady Dye Yarns

5 Responses to “Patching it Together”


  1. […] back and front sections of the Patches Baby Sweater are done and blocking. I’ve started the first sleeve and decided to modify the pattern by […]

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  2. Cara M Powers Says:

    So lovely to see Nancy. Double pleasure to see Nancy and Mary Ann. You ladies look marvelous. Stay warm!

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  3. Patrick Dober Says:

    Nice scarf Nancy!

    On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 12:59 PM Saltwater Hill Knits wrote:

    > saltwaterhillknits posted: ” Once I realized that my self-striping sock > yarn wouldn’t work for a top-down baby sweater — because the body would be > too large for the colored sections to become stripes — I searched for a > new pattern. As usual, I spent a long time down the rabbit hol” >

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