Monday, October 29, 2007

5 Hour Baby Sweater w/Free Pattern

Three 5 Hour Baby Sweaters in a Weekend...

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I received this pattern along with the yarn I chosse...Zarella.

This truly is a fast sweater to whip up, and I loved changing the gauge by using different needle sizes to get 3 different sized sweaters. Please enjoy the pattern...note, I did not like the way the sweater looked after completing the bottom and simply made a ribbed edge. (The original pattern is lovely but seemed extra long compared to the sleeves, it is an older pattern.) Enjoy!

5 Hour Baby Sweater Pattern:
You Will Need:

Size 10-1/2 needles (full-term 7-8 lb baby), size 8 or size 5 needles for preemie baby) Zarella, 2 skeins per sweater with leftover for booties, and/or making a bow to tie front of sweater. I used size 8.5 US needles and 11 US needles.
4 stitch markers and holders
Cast on 34 sts starting at neck this sweater is knitted in one piece.
On all rows knit last 3 sts for garter edge
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K3 *P2tog, YO. Repeat from * ending P2 tog, K3 (34st)
Row 4: K
Row 5: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 6: K3 *inc 1 by knitting once in the back of the stitch, then once in the front; K1. Repeat from * ending with inc.1, K3 (47 st)
Row 7: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 8: K3 *K2tog. Repeat from * ending K4
Row 9: K3 *K1, insert needle under next horizontal loop of row below (between sts) and knit this st. Repeat from * across, ending K4 (47 st)
Row 10: K4 * inc 1 st in next st, K2. Repeat from * end inc. 1, K3 (61 sts)
Row 11: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 12: K3, *K2 tog. Repeat from * ending K4 (34 st)
Row 13: Same as row 9. (61 st)
Row 14: K4 *inc 1 in next st, K3. Repeat from * ending with inc. 1, K4 (75
Row 15: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3 (75 sts)
Row 16: K3 *K2 tog. Repeat from * ending K4 (41 st)
Row 17: K3 *K1, insert needle under next horizontal loop of row below
(between sts) and knit this st. Repeat from * across, ending K4 (75 st)
Row 18: K4 *inc 1 in next st, K4. Repeat from * to end, ending with inc. 1,
K5 (89)
Row 19: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 20: Same as row 16. (48 st)
Row 21: Same as row 17. (89 st)
Row 22: K5 *inc 1 in next st, K5. Repeat from * to last 5 sts-K. (103 sts)
Row 23: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 24: Same as row 16. (55 st)
Row 25: Same as row 17. (103 st)
Row 26: K17 (front), inc 1 in next st, place marker (pm), inc 1 in next st, K 15 (sleeve), inc 1 in next st, pm, inc 1 in next st, K 31 (back), inc 1 in next st, pm, inc 1 in next st, K 15 (sleeve), inc 1 in next st, pm, inc 1 in next st, K17 (front) (111 st)
(keep moving markers on each row)
Row 27: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 28: Knit, increasing 1 st at each side of markers (119 sts)
Row 29: Same as row 27.
Row 30: Same as row 28. (127 sts)
Row 31: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 32: K21, place on holder, K 23 sleeve st and keep on needle, place rest of stitches on holders -- 39 for back, 23 for other sleeve, 21 for other front.
(remove markers as you place sts on holders.)

Rows 1-16 : work in stockinette st
Row 17: K2tog *P1, K1, P1, K2tog. Repeat from * (17 sts).
Rows 18-22: Work K1 P1 rib.
Bind off
Work other sleeve the same

Body: (this is where you can use creative license)
Attach yarn at underarm on right side of work and K across body (81 sts)
Work in st st keeping K3 garter border for 12 rows
Row 13: Repeat row 16 of top of sweater, but end with k4. (44 sts)
Row 14: Repeat row 17. (83 sts)
Rows 15-18: Work in st st keeping K3 garter border
Row 19: K3, *K2tog, YO, repeat from * ending with yo, K3.
Rows 20-23: Work in garter stitch (knit every row)
Bind off

Friday, October 26, 2007


The possibilities of form and color are endless, I love making these necklaces. Sterling silver, gold, copper, pearls, stones, handmade beads...each piece is one of a kind. It can be wrapped into various shapes adding more dimension, wrap it as a bracelet, or choose one of several lengths in necklace form.

Dress up a white tee and jeans or wear it to compliment a dressy outfit.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Was searching for sea glass along the beach in Delaware over the weekend, I found a lot of plastic, bottle caps, cherry bomb casings, fishing stuff, and little sea glass.

This caught my eye, I've never seen a real jellyfish. It was the size of a 12" pizza, and it was pretty.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

No ssk, M1 or Felting

k3 k2tog 3, k1 po 6, k2tog6. St st, st st, P, k3???

k1 sl st, k2tog psso, sl 1, k1 !!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Instant Heirloom

Not your grandmother’s stuffy brooch, this was made first by forming a silver bezel. Next a photo of my great grandmother was placed inside the bezel, but not so fast! First q small layer of resin is added to the bezel, it gives the photo a raised affect (my photography skills are pretty nil). After adding the photo, which first has been cured with a small layer of resin, another layer of resin is added. Each time resin is applied to the brooch bubbles appear which need removing, or not, a purist would laugh at this, but I like flaws. Sometimes they work; sometimes they just look like bubbles distorting your work. A quick swoosh of a small (very small) torch about 6 inches above the bubbly resin will remove them. You can blow on them using your breath, how this works I haven't a clue, and I won't do it...I like the way the torch zaps the bubbles, and I fear the resin getting in my lungs.

Resin is an exciting medium. It's also very smelly and caustic and should be used in a well ventilated area. Gloves are strongly suggested.

Humidity, dry air, temperatures all help decide the outcome of your piece. Like anything read the directions and find someone with experience for advice. My metal smith instructor has helped me figure out the do's and don’ts of resin.

Silly putty can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on how fast it melts (humidity) It's used to stabilize your piece...for instance you're making a ring and the shank/bezel are ready. Silly Putty allows the piece to sit at the angle you wish for pouring your resin. I tried chewing gum once in a pinch and let me tell you it does not work, at least the brand I tried.

Some ideas are crushing up a stone you love and adding it to the resin during mixing. Another is using a pastel (not shade, actual pastel chalk) crushed to a superfine powder and added during mixture. As I've shown, photos are so wonderful under glassy looking resin.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sweater in Use...Go Pink!

Cousin Joe's daughter is enjoying the sweater I knitted. How lovely to see a photo from the West Coast of this beautiful happy, gurgling, giggling, slobbering toddler staying warm in her new pink knitwear.

If you see this Cuz Joe, Santees live on and rule! :-)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Dear John Lennon,

Happy 67th Birthday
you are Art

Friday, October 5, 2007

Sea Glass

These are a few of my sea glass finds from several beaches along the East Coast. Initially I wanted to incorporate them all into my silver art. After putting a couple into silver bezels their beauty seemed to diminish, or take on a new quality. For now I prefer to lay these tiny treasures out on old Depression Glass.

Notice the felted purse I keep them in when not showing them off on my blog? (I'll do a felting how-to my way soon) It keeps them from chipping when hauling them to and fro the metal smith studio.

They look better freely arranged with what ever particular light decides to filter through, not caged in a silver bezel...for now.

Still waiting for hubby to find that elusive red or pink glass, I do believe we'll soon have a chance along the Delaware shore to go a'huntin. It's a cheap hobby and short of a spoon full of decadent icing, nothing tastes better.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Things that make you go Hmmm

132 stitches, 4 row pattern, YOs, k2Tog, st st and purls making a wavy pattern, size 6 (U.S.) needles - 6 skeins, 197 yards each, I cannot begin to figure out the math or time...

5 inches down, 55 inches left