Another baby top

Cygnet Denim acrylic DKI found some seconds-quality yarn being sold at a temporary market stall during the summer and couldn’t resist buying a couple of balls of this denim-y acrylic DK. It’s made by Cygnet, which is a “value” brand in any case, but this yarn was priced at only £1 per 100g ball because the dyeing is uneven. Since it’s meant to be a mottled colour that imitates washed denim rather than a flat shade, I figured it wouldn’t matter too much.

I’m knitting an all-in-one, top-down baby cardigan with it. The pattern is Norwegian Fir. It is all garter stitch apart from the raglan “seams”; they are worked in a simple lace pattern which creates the necessary increases by means of yarnovers that are not accompanied by the usual decreases.

Norwegian Fir baby cardiganI’ve followed the advice of myriad other Ravelry members who have made the garment and added extra stitches down the front edges to create an overlap, because the original design is an edge-to-edge cardi. It is supposed to have a single button at the neck, but that would surely pull without any front overlap. I’m creating buttonholes all down the front to make the garment more suitable for winter. And I’ve done an I-cord cast-on for the first time ever, to give a neat neckline, plus I-cord edges down the front, also a first for me. I intend to finish the lower edge and the cuffs with a matching I-cord cast-off, something I have done before (Nanook).

The instructions for the 2-stitch I-cord edging came from The Gift of Knitting, which also covers the slightly bulkier 3-stitch version. For a baby garment, two stitches felt like enough for me. It is certainly giving a lovely opening edge and is not at all difficult to do.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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