I'm excited to show you, on such a gorgeous Spring day, not just ONE, but TWO, lovely Saffron sweaters, designed by Elena Nodel (I PROMISE the next sweater I knit is designed by someone else, LOL). I again chose to invite someone else to knit right along with me, a friend who actually knit Camden her very first Saffron a couple summers ago:
|The whole ensemble, including the Modkid Addison dress, was meant for a wedding|
The pattern is naturally super easy to read/understand - and doubly so, as it's one of the patterns even I can't trick myself into double-guessing instructions. I, of course, happen to stress myself out over the stitch pick-up, as it goes alllll the way around the sweater for the ruffle band. I couldn't stop freaking out over not going down a needle size (you are NOT supposed to, by the way, but I thought maybe I SHOULD, in my case, aha), and did I pick up farrrr to many stitches???? I still have no idea about that one. Who knows. I do think, especially after taking photos, that something doesn't seem right about my ruffle band. It seems loose, but not gathered enough/tight enough, if that makes sense. So, smaller needle and MORE stitches??? LOL.
Vieve, over at That's What She Crafted, knit another lovely Saffron - this time for HER baby girl. I love the purple colorway. Vieve used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Blue Violet Tonal (which comes in 220 yard skeins!) She does still need to add a ribbon to her sweater, she says, but I have to say it's pretty stinkin' cute!
Anyway, I could have easily finished the pattern a couple weeks ago, but the baby is slowing down my knitting. At least I'll be able to say it's the first sweater I completed literally over his body ;) (...which makes for sore arms/shoulders, as a side note). I could have also gone faster, just based on the fact that I had to tear the sweater out...as I was worried, as ALWAYS, that my gauge wasn't right. I solemnly SWEAR I will do a blocked gauge swatch when I make a sweater for ME, aha!
|Can't leave out the Bee skirt!|
|Used the leaf finish, as on the Silversage sweater by Elena Nodel|
Below, she featured different "faces" - LOL