Now what sort of knitter would I be if I didn’t make the little fella a new handknit item to wear for his birthday (I guess I’m lucky his birthday falls in mid-autumn and not mid-summer, heh!).
As it can still be quite warm around this time of year (just not yesterday, brrrrr), I thought a vest would be best. And I had this lovely handspun from my clever knitting and now spinning friend Ms Funky. Perfect!
Pattern: Argyle Slipover from Special Knits by Debbie Bliss. Of course, I omitted the argyle, and I converted the pattern to be knit in the round up to the armholes and then flat. I also did a three needle bind off for the shoulder seams and knit the armhole bands in the round. Of course, even with that, I still had 20 ends to sew in once the knitting was done – gah!!
I wasn’t sure I’d have enough of the red for the body, so I added in a couple of stripes across the chest, just to be safe. I was knitting pretty close to the wire, deadline wise, so I didn’t want to have to rip back in case I ran out.
As it turns out, I would have had enough, but I still like the stripes!
Yarn: 150g of Fruit Salad handspun from Ms Funky, plus some of the turquoise colour for the contrast edging. And about 5g of Rowan True Botany 4ply in a similar-ish turquoise (shade 552 Frost) for the stripes.
Sticks: 3mm and 3.25mm KnitPicks Harmony Options.
Time: 17 April 2011 – 6 May 2011. Just squeaked it in, with time for a wash and block the day before his birthday (thank goodness it was sunny that day!)
Paired with his new jeans (from Gap! Yay for having Gap in Australia finally, although booo for how expensive it is), I think he looks pretty darn cool!