I literally drew the yarn through from sewing the second sleeve just as the Seahawks ran out the clock on their last play of the game. I still had two stitches to go when the Steelers started celebrating, and because I wasn’t paying close attention, I thought I’d missed my own personal deadline, but it turned out I hadn’t! Thrilling, down-to-the-wire play.
Of course, it still needs to be blocked and buttons still need to be added. (Heck, bought.) But as you all are learning, it doesn’t take a completely finished object for me to start gloating over an FO. I call this sweater done. The baby isn’t due until April, after all, and I can’t give the sweater to the mom until after the little one is born (mom is Jewish), so I have plenty of time for these piddling details.
Pattern: Striped Top from Debbie Bliss’s Quick Baby Knits
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace in “Bud”
Skeins: 4 and then some of a 5th–5 skeins definitely necessary
Needles: 40″ circ Addi Turbos US 2 and 3 (per the pattern)
Started*: Thursday, February 2
Finished: Sunday, February 5
1) Obviously, I didn’t make mine striped.
2) I knit the piece in the round as much as possible in order to avoid much seaming.
3) Rather than cast off the arms, I left the stitches live and used a kitchener on them and the edge of the work in order to create a perfectly neat seam.
*I initially started it on Wednesday, Feb. 1, but I made the bottom part continuous, when it’s not supposed to join along the sides for about an inch, so I started over completely on Thursday.