Cross Stitch, Knitting

Third Time Lucky?

Third Time LuckyI am really hoping that it is third time lucky for the little baby jumper. You will recall that my first attempt at a “pretty little girl’s jumper” was a bit of a failure. (See “A Waste Of Time”.) Well, I chose some 4 ply Naturally Loyal Baby Prints for my second attempt.

Third Time LuckyThe pink wool for the first jumper was double knit so I was using the three month old size. We are in autumn and heading for winter. As the new choice is a lot lighter weight (4 ply is what is known as light weight or baby in the US) I decided to do the 6 month old size so it would be more useful for spring or summer. This was a good idea in theory, but it has not worked out well in practice.

The yarn is pretty but has not knitted up the way I was expecting. It started out okay but then some quite big bands began emerging. I still love the colours, and I quite like the way the blue bands turned out, but I started getting concerned when I ended up with a big white band. It was hard to work out whether it was supposed to be there or whether there might be a dye fault in the ball.

Third Time LuckyAnyway, I kept going for a while to see what happened. It eventually became apparent that it was going to be bigger than I wanted. I have now started knitting the three month old size of the pattern with another ball of wool. The advantage I have now is that I can see the colour pattern in the first ball and will be able to match the bands in the front and back.

Third Time LuckyI’m including a sneak peek of one of the other projects I’m doing at the moment, a small cross stitch picture. More to follow on that later.

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