Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sweaters to some, Jumpers to others
Knit one for a boyfriend? Again, up until relatively recently, there hadn't been a boyfriend to knit for. Besides, I'd hate to tempt fate with the boyfriend sweater curse. Never heard of it? Well, it's basically the well acknowledged idea that as soon as a knitter has begun knitting her boyfriend a sweater, the relationship is doomed to failure. Personally I can see that one being a self fulfilling prophesy... think of how long it'd take to lovingly stitch together an adult sweater, and compare that to how much the typical guy cares about and for his clothes.
Of course she's got on the SECOND sweater I knitted... not the first. The first one turned out to be nearly infant sized due to a simple and silly mistake I made. Knitting needles come in different sizes; and just like how Americans use the word "sweater" while British use the word "jumper" to mean the same thing, there are US standard sizes and the metric equivalent. I should have been knitting on US size 10 needles, which are 6mm. Instead I briefly glanced at the pattern and used US size 6 needles, which are actually only 4mm in diameter.
"Pretty Baby Sweater" by Lisa Vienneau. Not only is this gem available for free, it also doesn't require any sewing of seams, just a wee bit of crocheting!