Garter Madness

I’ve been in serious garter stitch baby-knitting mode around here. There’s been another rash of pregnancies, which I’ve managed to elude (whew), and these babies need sweaters!


Blue and Green Sweater:
Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Hello Yarn Fat Sock in colors Olive and Navy, a little under 300 yards total
Gauge: 5.25 sts. per inch
Size: 17″ around, 16.5″ cuff to cuff. This is little guy size- 3-6 mo.
Needles: size 5 Addi Turbo
Buttons: shell

Purple and Green Sweater:
Pattern: DROPS Jacket in Alpaca (free pattern)
Yarn: Hello Yarn Sock in colors Pickle (green) and Kale (purple), around 1.5 oz. of the Pickle and 3.5 oz. of the Kale
Gauge: 24 sts. per 4″
Size: 21″ around under arms, probably 12 mo.+ size
Needles: size 2mm Addi Turbo
Buttons: shell

I’d been meaning to make this DROPS pattern for ages, and now that I have, I think it’s like a feminine, or maybe just sophisticated, BSJ. I can see myself making many more, and with 2 more friends pregnant, I’ll probably be doing it soon!

The pattern is a fun knit. The short rows are dead simple to memorize and even the measurements are, as well. The front is the same width as the sleeve and the back is twice as wide, and so on.

I had major trouble getting gauge. The pattern calls for sport weight and while I’d have loved to use Fat Sock, I ended up using the regular Sock and still didn’t get get gauge. I ended up with 26 sts. per 4″ instead of 24 and the sweater is very big- probably fitting a 12 month old+. This leads me to believe the pattern is a little on the big side, even without a gauge problem.

It certainly is a squishy lovely thing, and well-suited to a solid (or semi-solid, as in mine) and hand-painted yarn combo.

Fiber Club:
Ack! There has been some confusion and/or excitment about the fiber club that just shipped. That was January’s fiber and new members to the fiber club are members for February-April. February’s fiber will ship later this month. I’m sorry some people were stalking their mail carriers and not getting satisfaction from it.

Favorite Things:

* superbomba in Flickr
* candied orange peel
* my Shinzi Katoh bottle
* Gretchen Kramp tiles
* peeking under the awful vinyl bathroom floor and seeing gorgeous yellow pine
* Pippa sleeping through the night like a big girl

PS: Does anyone use NextGEN Gallery and know why my slideshows don’t have that nice NEXT button in the upper right corner? I can’t find that setting for the life of me, but then it took me a week to figure out how to get Thunderbird to open links in Firefox after the most recent upgrade. :P

29 Responses to “Garter Madness”

  1. Katie W

    The bsj I’ve done and I love it. But that Drops cardigan is beautiful! I think I’ll try to make a boy version for my 4 mo old.

  2. Janis

    For the Gallery, you have to add a little thing to the gallery reference that markes them all as a set that go together.


    Also make sure you have the files for the Next and Previous buttons in the right folder. It may mean you have to copy them a few times until you find the right spot.

  3. Kim

    Those sweaters are both so cute! I wish you were one of my friends and would have made one for my little girl. So so cute!

  4. Shaina

    Way to get me re-hooked on HEL LOOKS! Sweet Christ, Finns are amazing. “Just your basic plastic shoes.”

  5. Carole

    Both sweaters are adorable. I hadn’t seen that DROPS one before so thanks for that!

  6. Mandy

    Your bold BSJ stripes are awesome. I bet the inside of that one looks pretty badass too.

  7. whitney

    I love both of those sweaters, but especially the DROPS one…I am going to have to give that one a try. It looks like one of my beloved yoke-style sweaters, but the construction is so different!

  8. merete

    they are lovely. my little knitting muse has got wool allergy. argh. but i have a niece or nephew coming soon and maybe that one will not.

  9. Knittink

    I love your Drops-Jacket! It’s much more beautiful than the original and the colours are awesome.

  10. Anne

    Oh those are so cute! I think it must be a Spring thing or something – there are literally SIX folks at my workplace who are pregnant right now.. that’s a lot of knitting!

  11. kerry

    Oh, I absolutely love those sweaters! I’m not a fan of pastel, wimpy colours for babies and much prefer the gorgeous, rich colours you’ve chosen. Well done!

  12. Elizabeth

    I love your Drops Jacket. I made one last year for a friend’s daughter, and every where the little girl wears it, my friend gets stopped and people want to know where she got it. The DJ is a wonderful pattern and exactly like you say, just a little more sophisticated than the BSJ, which I adore making as well.

  13. Katie

    Love the drops sweater – I hadn’t seen it before, but will definitely keep it in mind for future baby knits.

  14. LittleWit

    The sweaters look great! I really enjoyed being in the last round of the fiber club. Some day soon I will finally be able to sit down and get to spinning. :)

  15. Karen

    Your sweaters are beautiful and inspiring. The Drops sweater reminds me of one I have on my to-do-list from an old Patons baby book.

  16. alice

    adrian, your blog is dangerous!! now i want a new tattoo, my ravelry queue is super long, and i spent all night making candied orange peel. i havent knit or spun all week! :)

  17. Kristen

    SO cute! One of the reasons I am sorta glad I had boys is that I never had to knit totally cute sweaters for them!

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