This week, I share a pattern for a Dragon Skin to wrap your baby bunting in and chat with Janine Bajus, a feral knitter if there ever was one.
Dragon Skin Baby Sweater
I'm maintaining both of my obsessions this week, with a pattern combining my love of the Dragon Skin stitch pattern and baby-centric knits.
Dragon Skin, as written in Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, uses the same lifted increase throughout its 26-stitch repeat. I love that pattern and worked it as written for many years. However, now that I'm comfortable working lifted increases that lean to the left and the right, I really like the way they look in this stitch pattern.
So, this week's pattern features a charted version of that stitch pattern, using one kind of lifted increase that leans to the right and another kind that leans to the left. If you don't like having it both ways, you can always just use your favorite lifted increase. That is your choice.
This is a fairly boxy little cardigan, but it has some cute details. The pattern repeat lines up across the front of the sweater. Also, the central knit column in the stitch pattern lines up at the underarm, creating a continuous line from the bottom of the wrist to the lower hem. It's just one of those little details that shows the garment was made by hand.
Stitches for the body are cast on at the lower hem, worked up to the underarms, then divided so that the left front, right front, and back are all worked separately, then bound off with a three-needle bind off at the top of the shoulders. Stitches are picked up and worked down, in the round, for the sleeves.
I left the sleeves completely unshaped because The Yarn Harlot says it makes babies easier to dress. I have never dressed a baby myself, so I bow to her wisdom.
I don't have any buttonholes, buttons or clasps in the instructions. Frankly, I just never find the buttons I like for the size buttonhole I have made. I would close this little guy up with a toggle and loop or even a clasp. I hear those are easier to fasten when a baby gets wiggly, but, once again, I don't know. If you want to add buttons and knit-in buttonholes, you might want to check out my cheat sheet for spacing buttons.
I had a great time chatting with Janine. I hope you like our ramblings, too.
- Janine Bajus's Blog - Feral Knitter -Full sets of yarns - Melanie Falick - Kids Knitting - Knitting in America - Meg Swansen is the CEO of Schoolhouse Press She has also talked with me not once, not twice, but three times for this show.