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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Knit Sweater for Catherine

Good morning,

Today's feature item is a sweater I knit for my daughter Catherine.  I just finished it a few days ago and I will give it to her next week when I next see her.

I don't use other's patterns often, but when I do, I usually make some changes. This pattern is "Bernat Berella 4, Knit Sweaters for the Family" can be downloaded for free from the Bernat web site where there are plenty of other excellent patterns. You are required to register and log in to download free patterns, but it is free to register and the newsletters they send out are quite nice. 

Bernat does a very good job with sizing and this pattern provides a range for the entire family. I can be in a different part of the world and find the correct measurements for family and friends to make a pullover sweater. I've adapted this sweater many, many times including to make it into a cardigan. I like using Bernat yarn, but my daughter picked out her own Patons yarn for the sweater pictured. This sweater required 6 Patons Classic Wool, 100 gr., 3.5 oz. skeins.

Catherine likes wool and this one is all wool for sure. It has a nice wool feel to it.  It will have to be soaked instead of machine washed and the label says it cannot be dry cleaned. It also smells like wool - not a problem if you like that. She laughs that she smells like a wet sheep when caught in the rain wearing the wool. There is no substitute for real wool, but for some items that might be washed often for babies, children, household items, etc., other yarns are more appropriate. I like the result I have with this sweater and may do it again in other wool for myself.

I often make many adaptions as I work with patterns. For this pattern I don't sew one shoulder then work back and forth for the neck band as directed in the pattern; instead, I complete seams at both shoulders with a three needle bind off, then work the neck band on circular or double pointed needles depending on the size of the sweater. I also like to make both front pieces from the neck line up at the same time back and forth across circular needles. That makes it easy to duplicate the neck shaping on each side. I do the same for the sleeves, working both sleeves at the same time with two balls of yarn (see image).

If you haven't found the Bernat site yet, you may want to take a look.

Best,

Lois

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