Little matelot sweater

After the success of the scarf (yes my husband wears it on cold days), I was determined to continue my knitting ventures. I wasn’t ready however, to start a new adult item as it took me forever and used a lot of yarn. So I opted for a smaller item: a baby jumper! Small note here: no, mum, I’m not sending you any particular message with this baby jumper.

We have a lot of cute patterns to chose from at the shop I work, I chose a “matelot” jersey from Sublime. It seems a bit daunting but my colleague assures me I was able to do this.

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My colleague helped me every step of the way, I could not have done it without her help. She is such a patient lady. She explained the pattern step by step and even showed me. Sometimes, I had to write notes to “translate” the knitting language into something I could understand.

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I’ve learnt to work in “sequences”. At first I had to write every row I was knitting (1 knit, 1 purl, 1 knit, 1 purl, change colours, etc.). Yes, it is time consuming but I was lost otherwise. I even managed to get it wrong couple of times, so there were some unpicking involve. But, I slowly manage to recognise where I was and I didn’t need to write anything when knitting the back. Progress! IMG_9386I managed to knit all the pieces quicker than the scarf. Shaping the collar and the sleeves wasn’t too bad. In fact, I didn’t even need help for the sleeves. I deserve a gold star, right?

As my hands were still painful while knitting, I checked some hand positions on Youtube and found a wrapping system that works well for me. I’m so thankful to all the people out there who takes the time to post videos on basic things like that.

IMG_9461Joining all the pieces together was way harder than I thought it would be.The back is coming on top of the front panel and joining them at the right place wasn’t so straight forward. The collar was also quite tricky, we had to unpick four times! I love this type of collar though, and my colleague said it would be easy to go through a baby’s big head.

Et voila:
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I’m so proud of it. I didn’t know I was capable of doing that, this little jumper is super cute!

I was surprise on how each extremity rolls itself up. What would you do? I’ve heard of using a damp towel and lots of steam from an iron. It didn’t seems to work that well for me though. Do you have any tips?

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I really enjoyed making this garment, it was much more exciting than the scarf. I would love to do this pattern again, being more independent this time and relying less on my colleague. But for now, I’m excited to build up my skills and I’m choosing another pattern to learn new tricks. So, stay tuned for more knitting projects.

PS: If you want to visit my colleague, her name is Shirley and she blogs at Don’t wait to create. She shares her knitting and quilting projects. Say Hi from me :-)
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Knitting Details:
Yarn: Naturally loyal 100% wool, 8ply
Shade: Green (947) and cream (901)
Needles: 4mm, plus 3,75mm for the collar and sleeves
Pattern: Sublime matelot sweater (code 6013)
What I learnt: The purl stitch, alternating two colours, working in sequences, following a pattern, adding stitches to a stitch-holder, picking up stitches from a cast off row (I needed help for that), shaping collar and sleeves, sewing a garment together
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Linking up with Crazy mum quilt
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4 thoughts on “Little matelot sweater

  1. Cute!
    The curling is normal and, yes, usually steam or blocking works it out. I have been knitting for decades and also still need to unpick a few oops stitches – unpicking is normal. You are already a pro!
    So, if you are not sending your mother’s heart flutter with the prospect of grandkids, do you know a slightly cold baby who needs a stylish jumper?

  2. Ok, I’ll persevere with the iron then, thanks! I know that unpicking is quite normal, my colleague is such a pro but she unpick very frequently. I suspect, she actually enjoys it, it makes her project last longer, haha! I think, once I know how to bring back all my stitches on my needle after unpicking, I would become a pro :-)

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