Monday, April 23, 2007

Freebasing Granny Sweater

It's done. Thank goodness.

Oh and A.C. Moore? They sell no buttons. Nor does Michaels. And the nearest Joann Fabrics is too far to drive for just buttons.

I settled on some wooden beads that I let Chunky paint red.

Here's my photo shoot of him modeling it in the 80 degree weather yesterday.



My favorite picture is this one.


So here's the stats:

Pattern: Very loosely based on Jilian from The Garter Belt. VERY loosely.

Yarn: TLC Essentials in "Country Blue" and some Red Heart in "Country Blue" for the collar, button bands, and left sleeve. The "fair isle" designs were made from random scraps of similar weight acrylic in my stash.

Needles: US 8

Notes: I really hate this sweater. It's poorly seamed, the "fair isle" is rippled, the buttonholes suck, and the sleeves are just godawful (they flare where they shouldn't.)

But half-assed was the name of the game with this sweater. I would like to pretend that I'm just so skilled at knitting that I had to try to get it to look this craptacular, but that would be a lie. It's taught me that I really need to practice knitting garments in pieces and seaming them together.

Oh and modifying a pattern? I'll be thinking about that twice next time I get the notion!

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Blogger Amy said...

But...but...isn't that what a freebasing granny sweater should look like? More important, isn't that what a Xander sweater should look like?? I think it's cute. As is the wearer.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

I love that kid.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

Chunky does bring the fierce!

I love that the sweater is truly a freebasing granny crackhead sweater. LOVE it. Because let's face it, if it were some lovely luxury fiber with handcast pewter buttons, impeccable fair isle work and perfectly fitted to the wearer--well, what would be the fun in that?

And that sweater is FUN, baby, with a capital F - U - N.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Mamma said...

I love it! And never think twice about modifying a sweater. ALL patterns should be tweaked for the knitter. They simply must. No pattern writer, however skilled, can write a pattern to perfectly fit every knitter. I love this sweater. And look how proud Chunky is of his sweater. You did great.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

It's cute!! He is sooo adorable. He's a great model...maybe he'll make you a bunch of money doing that one day.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm sure Chunky doesn't notice the puckering or the poorly seamed sleeves. He looks tremendously happy in his new sweater (even in the 80 degree weather!). He's just too cute...we'll have to get together to let the boys play...I think they'd have tons of fun.

10:40 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

That kid is too cute for words. The freebase sweater looks adorable on him and I'm sure he's so proud his Mama made it for him.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I think it looks really good! The kid is just too cute. Maybe if you had a so-so kid, the sweater would look better? Oh well mamma, tough;)

11:20 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

He is adorable, and will be a really good looking guy in the not so distant future! :-)

Oh, there is nothing wrong with the sweater. Seaming takes some time to learn, but once you get it, it is fun. Seriously, I love to seam.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? That sweater is cute!!!! And so is your model!!! And as I said before only "GOD" is prefect! The beads for buttons was a great idea. Chunkie looks so proud to have that sweater. Love, Mom

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Aw, he's a cutie! I think the sweater looks nice. I give you kudos for finishing it if you are that unhappy. I normally scrap things when I feel that way. Do you have a fabric or sewing shop nearby? (And, I'm happy to check my button stash if you ever need something basic)!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Bezzie, don't blame yourself. That was one of my first patterns and didn't even have a schematic.

I think he looks adorable in it. And the great thing is, you won't have to get too upset if he wears it stomping in mud-puddles or hugs stray dogs or rolls in the grass, or any of those other things 5 yr old boys do.

p.s. If you don't want the sleeves to flare, use ribbing, not seed st. Seed stitch tends to spread.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Stitchcounter said...

Um...I don't think it looks nearly as bad as you think. He looks adorable in it and if anyone says anything, tell them its a design element. On the plus side, if you really can't stand it, he'll probably outgrow it soon and then you can give it away.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous carrieknits said...

I think it turned out great! And Chunky seems to be having fun with it :)

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Why do I get the feeling he's going to grow right out of it before you see more cold weather? Seriously, though, all the defects you see won't be noticed on a galloping Chunky.

2:39 PM  
Blogger buttercup said...

I agree with everyone else, you're being too hard on your work. Chunky looks so happy (and F-ing adorable) in it, and if he rools around in mud or puppies or muddy puppies, who cares.

I have a tip about ACMoore and Michaels - check around the bead or scrap-booking sections. They have cute buttons around there for whatever reason. I forget what they're called but they do have buttons. Or - if you have "The Rag Shop" close to you, they have fabric, crafts and most importantly, buttons.

5:13 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

C'mon now - we don't see all the flaws you do, and I'm sure Chunky doesn't either! All he'll remember is that his mom made him this super cool sweater and that he got to paint the buttons for it himself.

Looks pretty damn cute to me! Never woulda guessed grammy was freebasing on this one, either. ;)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I think it's a great sweater. You did the wild thing with it and then chunky got to participate in the fun by painting the buttons! good all around!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

Look how cute his dimple is ;) With a name like a freebasing sweater - just tell people that the title of the sweater is your public service announcement since you were freebasing when you knit it. I don't see the complaints you listed in the comments - looks great to me.

6:28 PM  
Blogger JRS said...

Well, you may hate it but it looks cute on him and he seems to like it. He makes a great little model!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Looks great. I like the motif on the sleeve. He seems to like it and that's all that counts!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

What a good sport that kid is!


7:00 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

I love it! Great job! I know we are our own worst critics, but he looks like he loves it! Gosh, he's a cutie...are you gonna be in for it! LOL!

Just sayin' from one cutie boy mom to another! ;)

9:57 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Yay Chunkmaster! Awesome job on the freebasing sweater. I think it turned out great!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I think that sweater turned out great! And Chunky looks happy. And if you're not pleased with the finishing, it was good practice. Practice on small (i.e., not adult-sized) sweaters first, that's what I say.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Your little fella is such a gem.

The sweater came out awesome!

5:13 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

The Chunk Master rocks da house in that. I think it's pretty damn cool and really who's looking at the sweater when the kid is so darn cute?

Besides, every kid needs a tortured 'look what my mother knitted for me' story. We don't talk about the pink bunny sweater in our house.

6:59 PM  

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