Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Rico Baby Cotton Soft

Knitwits Yarns knitwitspenzance.co.uk

Rico's Baby Cotton Soft yarn is a blend of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic so perfect for summer knits when you don't want a pure cotton or for when pure cotton might be a little heavy.

Rico started off with patterns for ladies but this year they've introduced a whole range for the small people in our lives and I just couldn't resist knitting one up.  Unusually, Rico's sample was knitted in boys' colours and modelled on a boy:

Don't you just love the contrasting elbow patches?!!

So - to ring the changes - I knitted our sample up in lovely, summer, girly colours (with, of course, contrasting elbow patches):

As you can see, I also added buttons in the elbow patch colour:

I do love knitting little baby things! - so quick and neat and easy (although there were one or two errors in this pattern!).  So - just in case you feel inspired, here are the errors (which I have passed on to Rico - bet they love me!):

1.  Throughout the pattern it says "single rib".  However, as can be seen from close inspection of the photo it is, in fact, worked in 2x2 rib throughout.  Sadly, I didn't notice this until I'd got to the shoulders so mine is knitted in single rib and then one row of reverse stocking stitch before the single rib on the shoulders - stocking stitch moving into single rib just doesn't look right.

2.  I knitted the second size, which says 1 + 2 balls for the stripes (plus one contrasting for the elbow patches, of course).  I definitely needed 2 + 2 and I notice, now, that the 3rd size also says 1 ball (plus 3) so it should be 2 + 3 as well.

3.  Getting really detailed now, the second size front says to work to 34cm prior to shaping the neck.  This should be 32cm, as per the back.  As before, I'd knitted on to 34cm before realising my/their error - doh!

4.  The pattern says to sew all the seams and then knit on the neck and the elbow patches.  It is far easier, in my humble opinion, to knit on the neck first, then sew on the elbow patches (far easier when the sleeves are flat), then sew up the top of the sleeves and the fronts and then, finally, the sides and the arm seams.  Just my opinion, so I'll throw it out there.

I don't want to make that sound really complicated (because it isn't) but it may just be useful for the next people who knit this pattern - which is well worth knitting as it's really, really sweet and the buttons on both sides of the neck make it easy to get on and off a wriggling small person!

As a complete contrast, I am now knitting socks - someone has a birthday coming up and expressed disappointment at not getting socks at Christmas so I want them to be happy on their birthday!

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