striped linen baby sweater

August 8, 2013

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I am lucky as can be to have the most adorable nephew. This spring I was inspired to make something for him to wear. I was traveling in a hot climate, and the only yarn I wanted to work with was linen. This sweater design came up in my mind. The Striped Linen Baby Sweater pattern is available for sale on Ravelry.com through this link.

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The construction is simple. The front and back are knit separately. This was done to give a little more structure to the sweater body. For this reason, I do love seams and well sewn mattress stitch.

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The sleeves are picked up and knit from the body out. (There is less selvage at the armhole that way!) When I sewed the bottom of the sleeve to the shirt, I picked up as little material as possible to eliminate bulk.

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The first time around I didn’t add buttonholes, but when we tried the sweater on several children, the neck seemed a little too loose.

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The buttonholes give the neck opening a little more stability. The neck is also shaped using short rows. This creates a gentle curve. Linen tends to be sturdy and a little stiff. To keep the neck and sleeve edges flexible, I cast off using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Casting-Off.

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2 Responses to “striped linen baby sweater”

  1. Bill Witherspoon Says:

    Congrats! A very nice presentation and an easy followup for purchase!

    Best Regards, Bill Witherspoon Lover of Sky The Sky Factory +1 641.472.1747 x202 http://www.theskyfactory.com

    From: living in the woods and making stuff Reply-To: living in the woods and making stuff Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:38:56 -0500 To: Bill Witherspoon Subject: [New post] striped linen baby sweater

    Torrey posted: ” I am lucky as can be to have the most adorable nephew. This spring I was inspired to make something for him to wear. I was traveling in a hot climate, and the only yarn I wanted to work with was linen. This sweater design came up in my mind. The Strip”

  2. ingrid Says:

    you know, reading your blog is a breath of fresh air, thanks.


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