I recently cast off on the super cute Baby Sophisticate cardigan. This was actually my second Baby Sophisticate as I frogged my first attempt. This sweater is part of a gift set that includes the Dino Cap I finished a while ago. My first attempt at this sweater was in green and orange to match the hat, but I just didn’t like the color combo in sweater form. I learned a lot of techniques with this project, and I am really happy with how it came out.
Some of my mods:
- My gauge did not match the pattern, so I cast on an additional 10 stitches.
- I slipped the first and last stitch knitwise on each RS row, and purled all stitches on the WS. I found that this gave my knitting a more consistent look with the slipped stitches. This method is known as the English Method. I learned about it here.
- When I knit the cuffs on the sleeves, I used Kathryn Ivy’s method for knitting jogless garter stitch in the round. Super easy and gave a more professional look to the sleeves.
- I used Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind Off. Easy to learn and works great!
Rather than just assuming I knew how to do some knitting techniques, I decided to google everything to see if there was something I was missing. Here are the new techniques that I learned while knitting this project:
- Closing the gap when casting off in the round. Now that I’m aware of this technique, I don’t know how I lived with the gap on in-the-round projects! I followed version 1.
- Pick up and knit stitches. Again, this is one of those things that I just assumed I knew how to do. So glad I found this easy to follow tutorial!
- Wrap and turn. Very Pink Knits has two great videos about wrap and turn. The first covers the technique, and the second covers picking up the wraps.