Friday, January 26, 2018
Baby Gramps Cardigan made by a Grumpy Knitter
I'm embarrassed to say I started this in June when my neighbor had her son early. I thought no big deal, I'll finish it way before he can grow out of it ...
And now he is 7 mos old.
I'll be honest. I usually turn to the Baby Sophisticate for my old man cardigan. However ChrisKnits knits up a beautiful Gramps AND really likes the pattern. She found the shape better fitting for babies as well, which was well worth a try.
The pattern is not difficult.
So why was this so hard for me to finish?
1. My first road block came right after casting on and the set up row:
Row 1 (RS): [knit to 1 st before marker, m1, k2, m1]
4 times, knit to end [8 sts inc]
I was perplexed. Then I went to the posts for the pattern and someone else basically wrote what I was smacking the side of my head about:
I cast on the second smallest size. Row 2 tells you to knit until one stitch before marker m1, k2, m1.
There’s only 2 stitches before the first marker.
Right, so you will k1, m1, k1, slip marker, k1, m1
It's very hard to feel motivated when you struggle 2 rows or so after casting on.
2. The color I got really tired of this blue. I know, it's Manchester City Blue so I should be like yay!! But I'm a grumpy knitter. I do not have a reason for being tired of it other than it was stash yarn. I need to get over it, because most of the coming year is dedicated to a lot of stash knitting.
3. Halfway through the shawl I realized I hadn't done any of my ribbing with smaller needles AND, I forgot how to properly shortrow when picking up in ribbing. ugh. Thank you Googles.
4. Didn't like the buttons I originally picked out so I had to go to the ... STORE. Where I spent more money than I needed to because where there are buttons there are usually other things too, like fabric, crafts and yarn. (psst, I don't even sew!)
It all worked out.
I have another old man cardigan to knit for a 3 year old and yes, I'm going to use The Gramps pattern again, with stash yarn, but this time, it's a darker heather blue. Maybe I'll wait a few projects before I cast on. Still, feel free to wish me luck ;)