Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Knits for upcoming babies

I'm planning a stroller blanket using Knitpicks Comfy, an extremely soft cotton/acrylic (75/25) blend. But which yarn weight? From left to right: Whisker in sportweight and Creme Brulee in worsted. After a machine wash and dry, the swatches did not pill or shrink. It was wonderful to knit with -- much easier on the hands than cotton ease or cotton fleece. This will probably become my go-to yarn for babies.

The winner is the sportweight since it has a lighter and more fluid drape. This swatch will become a coordinating washcloth.

Next is a little shrug (inspired by Stefanie Japel's Whirlygig) with a single button. I wanted something roomy and easy to wear. The ruffled bottom was replaced by a straight hem -- it was WAY too big with the wrong proportions. The increasing rate worked with the sleeves, but not on the bottom.

Pattern: adapted from Stefanie Japel's Whirlygig
Yarn: TLC cotton plus (cotton/acrylic blend)
Needle: #6