just loving knitting!

I’m rather a late bloomer in the field of knitting!  As I’ve told you before, I learned the basics as a child, having a mum and a gran who were both prolific knitters.  It wasn’t something I took to though, as I always felt a bit cack-handed trying to coordinate two needles and got discouraged when my knitting slid off the needle, not having a clue how to go about picking up stitches.  Anyway, after teaching myself to crochet, I decided if I could learn crochet from scratch, then I could certainly re-learn how to knit and follow a pattern.

You’ve seen my first attempts which have all been an interesting learning curve.  And I come to show you 2 more recent knitted projects, of which I am quite proud, because I think I’m slowly getting the hang of it!

I showed you a sneak peek the other day of something very bright for Baby Viking.  Today I can reveal all . . . not that Baby Viking has received grandma’s knitting gifts yet, but Mummy Viking has seen photos, so I feel it’s safe to share.  This is the “Cheri” pattern, designed by Martin Storey for Rowan, and is a free download.  This is the cover photo on pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my version, knitted, without the crocheted cherries, in a variagated Marriner DK and “Citron” Stylecraft Special DK.

cardie cc 01

I’m calling this the “Candy Crush” cardigan, because of the bright colours, and because of the perfect buttons I bought to finish it off.

cardie cc 02

Speaking of buttons . . . I ordered in quite a few, in lovely bright colours, and don’t they look like sweeties?

buttons

After the bright rainbow and yellow version, I cast on to make a second “Cheri” cardie for Baby Viking . . . this time in “Aspen” Stylecraft Special DK for the stocking stitch and another variagated Marriner for the garter stitch bands.

cardie turq

I’m not quite so happy with the way this one turned out.  It doesn’t have quite as much pizzazz as the “Candy Crush” version.

cardie x2

So note to self:  it’s not just about learning to knit and follow a pattern.  It’s also about choosing colours.

23 thoughts on “just loving knitting!

  1. You’ve come on in leaps and bounds Claire.
    As you love bright colours yourself, you are very lucky that your family agree. Some parents prefer a bit less pizzazz for their babies – think Cathy and her grey loving son and daughter- in -law having to resort to rebellious measures like bright, novelty buttons.
    Speaking of buttons, I hope the baby doesn’t mistake them for sweeties 😮

    • I never even thought about baby trying to eat buttons! I’m careful about toy-making, and don’t use buttons or plastic eyes for them . . . oh well, parents will just have to make sure baby doesn’t wear cardie for afternoon nap.

  2. Claire, the cardigans for Baby Viking are awesome!! Just bet you had fun knitting them and little one will think they’re very special having been made by Grandma.

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