I finished this sweater for my little girl last week and I'm pretty pleased with it - I've been a knitter pretty much all my life and I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the biggest project I've undertaken yet. The pattern is from Zoe Mellor's book Adorable knits for tots
* and I used Sirdar Luxury Cotton DK in a green colourway** instead of the recommended Rowan handknit cotton purely because the Sirdar stuff is MUCH cheaper.
I'm posting loads of photos so with consideration to those of you who might not be on high-speed internet connections yet, you can click on the picture to go to the flickr page and see a larger version. Apologies for the less-than-stellar quality of the first two pictures but they were taken on my phone.
This is what would become the bottom of the back of the sweater. It was knit across 9 stitches and to cast on the back (and then the front), stitches were picked up along the long side.
If you're a member of Ravelry you can see the project page here
This is the finished sleeve. I was really impressed with how cute this turned out because it was so simple to do. My sole criticism is that eager-to-dress toddlers get fingers stuck in the holes if they're not careful.
And the finished sweater modelled by the very happy recipient.
After knitting this my hands have been itching for something to do, so I've been experimenting with 'plarn' (ugh, I'm cringing at that horrible word!). This is two carrier bags from Sainsbury's (a kind of upmarket British version of Walmart) and the wrapper from a packet of pampers. I'm not quite sure what it's going to be yet but sometimes it's the journey and not the destination that's the fun part.
Thanks for looking!* - You have no idea how many times I typed 'Adorable knits for tits' by accident
** - Green because honest to God I am so sick of pink.