Cast off… Cast on. 

After casting off my secret knitting project last weekend I intended to have a bit of time away from knitting. As I mentioned a couple of days ago I’ve got lots of cross stitching queued up, and I have a couple of crochet projects that are entirely neglected (but have no set completion deadline) that I could pick up if I wanted some yarn time.

If you’ve been reading my crafty posts for any time you probably already know the way this one is going. Yes, tonight I cast on a new knitting project. I’d got the best of intentions and then I saw a Facebook post by Love Knitting which showed off someone’s project. I clicked through and found that the pattern was sold by them, the Baby Angel top, and without much further thought I was purchasing it and raiding my yarn stash for something suitable.

The pattern has two versions, a plain one and a lacy one, and can be made in three sizes (0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years). I’m making the largest size lacy version and using Stylecraft Special DK in Plum. The construction of it is really clever, rather than working top to bottom (or vice versa) you are knitting side to side – your cast on edge is the edge of the left hand button band and your cast off the edge of the right hand button band. Short row shaping is adding shape, and the sleeves are little cap sleeves that are knit within the overall piece so that there are no seams and there’s no sewing up to do.

It’s not big enough yet for any progress photos. I took a couple but the detail isn’t showing up yet. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for them before it’s done though I’m sure. 

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