Sunday, November 13, 2011

Baby Brioche on Day 13 of NaBloPoMo

OK, 13 days of NaBloPoMo, and while I'm sticking with this challenge, it has dawned on me, and a few of you as well, that I just don't have that much to say!

Today was the second day of the Indy Guild's Workshop with Amy Detjen.  We worked on Baby Brioche, an absolutely adorable baby sweater pattern designed by Jen Hurley of Rainy Day Knits.  

The pattern is free (unbelievably) and is very well written with lots of great information, tips and links to tutorials.   I didn't really have a recipient in mind for my project, so I decided I needed to try to use up some stash.  One skein of Dream in Color Smooshy  in a mix of pinks, oranges, and yellows was just begging to be used.  But I knew that the little sweater was going to turn out doll size if I made it in one strand of sock yarn, and I didn't have enough to double strand it.  A little more digging turned up a skein of a heathery yellow Cascade 220 that looked like it was made to go with the Smooshy - score!  

OK, the pattern is written for one color, but who isn't up for a little pattern adaptation once in a while, especially when it means you can use up stash. Added bonus, a chance to experiment using yarns of different weights. 

Have to say I am loving the results.

Some cool features of the pattern - very cute and stretchy neckline, top down technique, and a really neat built in edge treatment for the front edges (even it does require a bit of concentration to keep those edge stitches in pattern). 

Will be trying my hand at enlarging the pattern just a bit.  Amy talked us through adding more increases before separating the sleeves.  Will have to then work through the impact of that change to the rest of the pattern.  

And hats off to Amy, who made this a thoroughly enjoyable day.

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