Lookin’ at a thing in a bag

I don’t have a knitting bag. I’m always working from the shopping bag like this. I like these firm white paper bags my yarn comes in when I shop at Black Sheep Wool Company, because they hold up for the entire length of my projects.

Here’s a work in progress. It’s july and I’m knitting a stranded cardigan for the Boogedy. I made a size 2. He’ll be 2 in February, so I felt ok about using slightly smaller needles than were called for and getting a half stitch more to the inch. He’s a small little fellow, so hopefully this will fit all winter long.

A fellow knitter on the bus this morning asked why I hadn’t knit it in the round. I told her I was uncomfortable trying that technique where you knit the sweater then CUT it to put in a zipper! She exclaimed how easy it is. I guess I really must learn something new and do it next time, because this sort of colorwork would be much easier in the round. Currently, I’m knitting with one color in each hand (illustrated here nicely by Judy Gibson), but just saw what TECHknitter has to say and I want to try that! However, neither of these ideas is easy to implement on the purl side.

The sleeves will follow the pattern of “O”s established on the band of the sweater. They will be purple background with green “O”s on one sleeve and yellow on the other. The pattern calls for buttons, which, before I had a kid, I would have done. Now, I have found that zippers are SUCH a nice invention, I’m going to do that instead.

The pattern comes from the Vogue Knitting on the Go: Toddler Knits book. I don’t really like anything else in the book, but I got a gift certificate for Black Sheep Wool Co. for my birthday a few weeks ago and figured it was the perfect opportunity to start something new for my guy.

I’m apprehensive about setting in the sleeves. I haven’t had to set in sleeves on a piece with this construction before. I think I’ll do what I always advise my students and head over to the shop and get a pro’s advice. For that matter, I haven’t set in a zipper either. Let’s hope I don’t get caught up in dread and fail to finish this awesome piece!

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6 Responses to “Lookin’ at a thing in a bag”


  1. 1 Kristin (delic8genius) July 23, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Sara this is SO GORGEOUS AND AMAZING AND HOLY CRAP YOU’RE DOING IT FLAT??:???!@?@?@?#?@???

  2. 2 maria July 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    You are the best! (I’ve been waiting and waiting for new entries!)

    If you email me your address I can mail you a little project bag. I’ve already signed on to make Sonya one.

    I’ve put in a couple zippers on baby things. It was pretty easy. I don’t remember whose method I used, but it went like this.

    Baste together the front of the sweater, leaving a little room between the two fronts. I like to make sure that the zipper isn’t too close to the edges of the front, because then you might have to worry about catching yarn in the teeth of the zipper.
    Pin or baste the zipper in place. (I think basting might be better, because the pins warp the zipper too much.)
    Whipstitch the edge of the zipper to the sweater, following a single column of stitches.
    Backstitch the zipper to the front edge of the sweater, again following a column of stitches.

  3. 3 Marian July 24, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    It is so hot in Texas today, this sweater looks so hot! I am having a hard time imagining even handling that yarn with yucky sweaty palms. I am sure it will be darling on your boy in the Fall. Of course, I am not a knitter either.

  4. 4 Sonya August 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    It is a lovely thing (Bo is still hurt, he wanted me to type) and you can do it! Keep that baby skinny.


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