I started this yesterday, and almost finished the first sleeve in one go. It's really easy to knit, I have almost gauge (and did not want to hunt for my 2.5mm needles, therefore continued with 3mm and did a bit of calculation to adapt the pattern). And then I did an endless swatch trying out stockinette (for gauge), different kinds of cast-offs (the suspended one, which pulled stitches together a lot, I did not like it), and different kinds of patterns (basically ones I plan to use for a baby blanket at some point:
turned out very nice:
turned out quite nice as well:
garter stitch eyelet as explained here
But, after all, I decided that this yarn was really too thin for a baby blanket, and that the patterns would really work a lot better in non-patterning yarn as well (hm, not so sure about that one, but very sure about using bigger needles and thicker yarn)
pattern: I am using this pattern from Opal.
size: 12 months (I find that you usually have enough clothes for the first couple of months, but start to need things from 9 months onwards, this will be a bit on the big side then, but will hopefully fit for a couple of months).
and this yarn:
200g/840m (2 skeins)
Lana Grossa Meilenweit Sock Yarn
80% wool, 20% Polyamid
I get 26 stitches for 10 cm in stockinette stitch with 3 mm (I think 2.5mm would be nice, a bit firmer, but can't get myself to finish my UFO mittens that sit on the DPNs, and can't seem to be motivated enough to hunt for my circulars)
self-striping, with stripes and jacquard parts
bought at die stricknadel
New Things I tried out/used on this:
I did a knotted cast-on, based on the twisted loop cast-on. This gives a very sturdy, quite pretty edge (hope to get pictures up soon).
It also leaves me with the question, how on earth I am going to do a cast-off on the other sleeve (cardi is knit sideways) that matches this?
Well, looks like I am going to frog the cast on, and do a cast-off to match the finishing side's cast-off (thanks to the folks at knitty's coffeeshop for discussing this with me). Luckily, the cast-on is in a solid pink part of the yarn