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Monday, February 2, 2009

Little Rose Cardigan

It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn from each new project I tackle. And I might sound a bit simple - but I was really beginning to think I might know how to knit. So I felt probably over confident when I decided to knit my first piece of clothing (admittedly - a very miniature clothing for the little bunny.)
It didn't take very long to make all the pieces ... learning to make cute edging was fun ... ... but learning how to sew together the shoulder seams using a grafting technique - that was a serious mental effort (especially when your pregnant brain is functioning like a peanut) ...
... and realizing that in order to make my seams beautiful and neat on the inside of the garment I really need to adjust the way I "dec2" ... lets not share photos of the dodgy bits!

I only made one little rose for the front of the cardigan. I followed the instructions making the rose with the specified US6 needles - but it was really too big - so I unravelled and remade the rose using US3 needles. Putting 3 additional roses down one side still seemed too much - do you think I was wrong to leave it at one rose?
I found the perfect colored pink button from my recycled button stash ...... although I wonder if pink was the wrong color? (Cascade Yarn - Cash Vero DK 036) Pretty predictable for a girl bunny ... but I felt knitting in white cashmere for a little one was just asking for trouble!

23 comments:

  1. You did a great job. I can't believe that's your first attempt. I agree that the extra roses would be too much.

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  2. such a pretty little cardigan - clever old you LOL!

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  3. That's an absolute delight - a treat to look at and I bet it's supersoft. It looks as though you've been knitting clothing for donkey's years!

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  4. it's just gorgeous, lucky lucky little bunny xx

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  5. Oh this is just so cute. You have done an amazing job on it. Glad you left it at one rose, think any more would of been too much! Can't wait to see a cute baby in it!

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  6. It's beautiful! You did an amazing job! One rose is just right!! Baby girl bunny will look so cute in this! Are you sure this was your first attempt at knitting a piece of clothing? It's perfect!

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  7. wow, you did a great job. i think one flower and the vintage button are the perfect touch. i just taught myself how to knit (only dishcloths) so far. i posted about them on my blog a couple of days ago. come over and see. you have inspired me to try knitting clothing. maybe a bit ambitious at this point?
    barbara brown

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  8. I've had this book since last year, but I just last week bought yarn to make this cardigan. I'm so glad that I've read your post prior to starting it. It's so sweet!

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  9. It's absolutely perfect just the way you made it. x

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  10. Lovely! The edging in the close up picture is perfect!! Delightful work you must be very pleased with it.

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  11. I think it's just gorgeous, one rose is perfect. I feel kind of sad sometimes that I only attempted to knit one thing ( a blanket )for Milo before he was born and I never finished it - it's still in the bag. :-(
    lisa x

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  12. Wonderful job! I think it's great as is!

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  13. It's beautiful Rachael, I can hardly wait to see your little bunny in it!
    x

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  14. It's gorgeous! I think you're right about the extra 3 roses - it might have been too much. Simplicity is good.
    I love it!

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  15. It's beautiful! I think one rose is just perfect.
    :)

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  16. Absolutely pretty! You did it so well! One rose is just fine, it looks beautiful!

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  17. You never cease to amaze me! Your first piece of knitting - wonderful! So neat and tidy too. I have knitting envy!

    I like the one rose - it draws the eye.

    Hugs, Sarah x

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  18. Just a simply beautiful piece. Less is always better with little ones so One rose is peferct in my view. The colour so pretty. Brain functioning like a peanut, well my sweet me thinks it's a super peanut you are so clever.

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  19. That cardigan is adorable! I think one rose is perfect and we are big fans of the pink around here :).

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  20. I think one rose was the right decision and that shade of pink could not be prettier! It looks so soft...I might have to make something up for my Ava.

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  21. O this is so sweet, nice cardigan.

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