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Creative Linen

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012


Normally I’m a wool girl. Alpaca blends? A little cashmere? Some fuzzy angora? Sure! It’s not a rule set in stone but mostly I stick to an old classic: wool. I thought I was pretty clear with myself on this issue, I rarely feel compelled to go with a cotton, and even more rarely an acrylic. Lately though I find myself eyeballing all the new spring yarns with thoughts of light spring/summer knits.


My first foray into other forays this season is a little garment I’ve certainly made before, Elizabeth Zimmerman’s February Baby Sweater. I made one before Hunter was born in a bright yellow wool but this time I decided to go with a cotton linen blend in a lovely neutral shade. It came out super cute and looking like an heirloom right off the needles.


The yarn is Creative Linen from Rowan and while it’s not the softest to work with it does have the wonderful quality of linen that means it gets better with wash and wear. It will be nice to have a breezy version of this sweater for those cooler summer evenings! Because this pattern is a Zimmerman (a paragraph of writing somehow turns into a sweater, I’m always doubtful but it always works) I’ll give you the specks:

4.5mm needles

1 skein makes a short sleeved version (if you want it any longer or with long sleeves you will need 2 skeins)

Size: came out about a 6-9 month size

GCC: February Baby Sweater

Monday, May 31st, 2010


Summer is kind of a great time for knitting baby things. They are small, portable, and satifying. What more could you ask for in a vacation project? Since I have all but abandoned 2 sweater projects I needed to get a sweater completely finished (for confidence you understand) so I cast on for a baby sweater. The pattern, however, was not entirely new to me. As you might know I knit myself a lovely February Lady sweater and the little yellow sweater I knit was just a littler version: the February Baby Sweater.

I’ve recently become rather smitten with Elizabeth Zimmerman so knitting up the February Baby Sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitters Almanac just made sense. The sweater is super cute. It can be done in any weight, but the size will change accordingly. To make a slightly larger sweater I knit it up in an 18 stitch gauge. What did I choose for the job you might ask? Why SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted of course! It worked so well on my Lady sized sweater I thought why not use it again for a little one?


I knit up this charming little sweater in no time. It was top down (which I love) and I even knit the sleaves in the round, as per Brooklyn Tweed’s instructions. It took only 4 skeins of SG Worsted and I knit it up on 5mm needles. The sweater is adorable (if I do say so myself) but the colour choice was a bit of a debate though. I was told shortly after completing the sweater that sometimes babies look a little jaundice when swathed in yellow. I’ve decided I don’t care but I thought I would let you all know this is a possibility.


Also, I would recommend thinking through your button placements ahead of time. I somehow ended up with 8 buttonholes. This is clearly too many but I did not think things through ahead of time. I started placing buttonholes and then nothing was lining up so I just had to keep doing them at regular intervals. This is not ideal.  Do a little math ahead of time or just put 3 buttons at the top, like the February Lady. 8 buttons, sheesh. The upside is that I found the cutest lemon drop buttons at Button Button that work perfectly with the sweater. Silver lining.