At least I’ve heard ’tis true,
And so MagKnits, our patterned friend,
we bid farewell to you… *
But this pattern, The February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann, it does endure. You see its incarnations everywhere. And here, finally, is my very own to share with you……
Pattern: February Baby Sweater (Baby Sweater on Two Needles; Best Baby Sweater) by Elizabeth Zimmermann from Vogue Knitting: American Collection
Yarn: Valley Yarns’ Longmeadow; Approximately 2.25 skeins in Seafoam
Needles: Size 6 bamboo circs for body and Size 6 Susan Bates dpn’s for sleeves
Mods: Worked the sleeves in the round, and omitted the decreases at the bottom edge, but other than that knit this one pretty much to pattern.
New Techniques: First time using a provisional cast on (for the sleeves). Worked pretty well and wasn’t nearly as scary as I’d thought it might be.
Comments: I think this pattern would probably be pretty frustrating for a true beginning knitter. Not that the techniques are especially difficult, but because EZ tends to present it as a “recipe” rather than a pattern. This is my first EZ pattern, but I do hear this is typical for her and though that’s lovely after you’ve been knitting for a while, I think I would have been really unlikely to finish this sweater if this was the very first garment I ever attempted. I’m pretty happy with the results, though I dropped quite a few stitches under one arm when removing them from the provisional cast on. So, I know there’s errors under there even if the recipient may never notice them :( I don’t like that feeling, but there was no way to make it “perfect” without ripping out the whole garment and since it’s already 6 months too late, I needed to get it finished and make it snappy. I’m not sure I’d want to work the sleeves in the round again – it was nice from a finishing aspect, but I don’t know if it turned out as nicely as it could have if I’d knit them and then seamed them. Who knows. I’m so done with this though!
* Crappy poetry courtesy of knittymuggins. Please do not copy said crappy poetry. Not like you’d want to, but you know, just in case. Thanks!