Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Hexagon Sweater Revisited

I have finally written my notes up for my version of the Hexagon Sweater.
Sue's Hexagon Baby Sweater

Materials: sport weight yarn
(I used Lion Brand Baby Soft) and an F hook

Ch 6, join yarn with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (count as 1st dc), 2 dc in ring, *ch 2, 3 dc in ring, repeat from * 4 times, ch 1, hdc into top of beg ch 3 (6 sets of 3 dc).

Round 2: ch 3, dc in same space, *dc in each dc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 space, repeat from * 4 times, dc in each dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, hdc in top of ch 3.

Rounds 3 - 12: Repeat round 2

At the end of round 2 fasten off. Make a second hexagon leaving abut a yard of yarn for use in stitching.

Sew the 2 hexagons together along one side and then fold the "wrinkled bathmat" to us an Elizabeth Zimmermann phrase into a sweater. The seam you just sewed is the center back. The tops of the sleeves will be open. Refer to the link of the original for pictures.

Sew the top of sleeve seams from the cuff edge to 3 1/2 inches from each front edge.

Join yarn with a sl st at the front neck edge, ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each st to shoulder seam, *dc dec over next 2 sts, dc in next 5 sts, rep from * to next shoulder seam, dc in each st to neck edge, 2 dc in top of turning ch.

Row 2: Turn, ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each st across, 2 dc in last st.

Rows 3 - 5: Repeat row 2

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Join yarn with sl st at the underarm edge (directly below the shoulder when the sleeve is folded flat). Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, * dc dec over next 2 sts, dc in next 5 sts, repeat around, join with a sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 2: Repeat round 1

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in beg ch, fasten off, weave in ends.

Repeat for other sleeve.

join yarn with sl st at neck edge, just below collar. Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sk 1 st, sc in next st (button loop made), sc in next 10 sts, repeat from * 3 times, sc in last dc, 2 sc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner ch loop, dc in each st all the way around the bottom edge to other front corner, 5 dc in corner ch loop, dc in each st up front (for button band) to neck edge, ch 1, turn, sc in each st down front and across back ending at bottom front corner. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew buttons on button band opposite button loops.

I hope that this is clear and easy to follow. If anyone finds any mistakes, please let me know. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pretzel Barrel Baby Blanket

Well the pretzel barrel baby blanket is finished. I think it came out really pretty.

Of course, there are a plethora of squares left in colorways that didn't go with these and not enough in any matching group to make another blankie, so I guess I will have to send those off to my joining friends on AC4C and hope they find friends with which to play.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Odd Ball Blanket

In the beginning......................there was a pretzel barrel full of yarn balls - all leftovers from projects by myself, my daughter and my sister-in-law. The smallest were about 2 yards long and the largest were probably a couple of ounces. I sorted them all by size, and starting with the smallest ones first, I made squares. Adding rounds of color as the lengths allowed and putting together colors that pleased me. I am nearly finished with all the balls and hope to have a rather interesting baby blanket to show for my trouble. I will post a picture, if I can figure out how to do that.