Monday 19 October 2009


I have cast on a new sock. It's a barter sock for some work I had done on my house. I love that I have one service I can offer in exchange.

Gray seemed a safe colour but it's occurring to me that it might be a little too safe. I'm considering restarting this in a lighter colour. I can't see the pattern as well as I would like. Hmm, this might get frogged.

Sometimes it seems that I am ripping out more than I am knitting up. That can be good if abandoned projects are going to get a new life.
Like this green wool which was a scarf and is now going to be a second 'Last Minute Baby' sweater, after it's dry. I've written the pattern and knit one sweater. This is a quick knit on large needles for a fast last minute gift. Not fancy but cute enough I think.
I'll knit a second one in the green yarn to check all the numbers for the 3 month old size.

Here's a dilemma you can help me out with. I taught a class on Top Down knitting yesterday and I tried something different for me. I made it a project class which this stores' customers prefer. They started the little red sweater above. It's worked on 6.0mm/US10 needles with heavy worsted weight yarn and is a quick knit. Starting with the collar cast on, in a 3 hour class a knitter can get to, or close to, the underarms even with my teacher chat thrown in. That covers all the neck shaping, the increasing for the raglan lines and the divide into the body and sleeves. This is all good stuff and the class went really well.

Usually when I teach this class I have the knitters work on a miniature sweater about the size for a teddy bear. The sweater is smaller so the knitters get further along. Most of them have the sweater knit past the dividing row. With their sweaters divided into body and sleeves, they can usually get an inch of the body done and then they can get some or all of one sleeve finished.

What I would like is your comments on this:

If you were taking this class and knitting a 3 month old sized sweater for a real baby, does the fact that it's a real project interfere with the learning process?

Would you prefer to learn on a sample which doesn't have to be anything, like a half finished teddy bear sweater, or does working on a real project which you will have after you finish it, have more appeal?

Comments, anyone?



  1. My daughter, Isabel, and I are in agreement that we would want to work on a real project. There's more motivation as your imagination goes to work on what the finished project will look like. If it turns out to look like crap, then you can always frog it.

  2. I'd rather work on a real project. :) If I were a beginner, though, I might perfer to do most of the teddy sweater, so I'd be sure of all the steps. samm

  3. Iknit for my teddybears but still thinks that a tiny baby sweater would encourage the student knitter to finish it when she/he gets home as then there would be some lucky little pumpkin (baby)that would get to wear it. I have teddy's and they would love it but not everyone is a kooky teddy bear lover. A tiny baby sweater is best, it can even be donated if there are no little grandbabies to benefit.

  4. I much prefer working on a real knitting project.


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