I'd assumed it would be simple to knit, but when I finally cast on, I realized the directions were a little sparse. I did lots of research on Ravelry, and from everyone's help I made it through pretty well. Only one frog, at the very beginning.
I thought I'd post some notes here for anyone else knitting this sweater.
Row by Row help (not the pattern) for Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Sweater on Two Needles
Note: For this sweater, I chose to make it completely seamless, and took suggestions to knit the sleeves in the round. This also avoided a messy cast on mid-project, and made the whole sweater seamless!
Buttonholes: BEFORE you begin, you need to make a button-hole decision. If you look at lots of projects on Ravelry you can decide if you want buttons on the yoke only, or buttons all the way down the sweater. Every 8 rows gives you three on the yoke, Every 8th ridge (that's two rows) gives you only two on the yoke, and continuing that spaces them well down the rest of the sweater. So look and decide FIRST.
Cast on the # of stitches in the pattern.
Rows 1-3 work in garter stitch
Row 4: (First button hole row for my example) K2 edge stitches, K2, M1, then Knit to end.
Row 5 - 8 as per pattern.
Row 9 (Increase Row, as per pattern.)
Row 10 -17 (as per pattern)
Row 18 Increase row
Row 19 (change to gull lace pattern) K4, pattern row 1 to the last 4 sts, K4.
Row 20 (buttonhole row) K2 edge stitches, K2, M1, pattern row 2 to the last 4 sts, K4.
(This was my last buttonhole, but if you are continuing down the sweater, you will repeat this buttonhole row every 16 rows.)
At this point the pattern is pretty straightforward until you get to the sleeves. You will continue in pattern, until the sweater is 4 1/2 inches long.
Divide for Sleeves:
Next Row: Knit in pattern for 25 stitches, put the next 28 stitches on a spare piece of yarn, Knit the next 42 stitches in pattern, put the next 28 stitches on a spare piece of yarn, Knit the next 25 stitches in pattern.
At this point: Take a note of what pattern row you finished, as this will be your next row when you continue to knit the sleeves later on.
Next Row: Knit along the body as per pattern, until the body is complete, following the pattern cast off suggestions at the end.
Go back for sleeves.
First sleeve: Slip 14 stitches off your spare yarn onto a double pointed needle, then the next 14 stitches onto another dpk. In the gap, pick up either 7 or 14 stitches (I did 7, but the pattern calls for 14) onto another dpk. Join your yarn, and continue with the pattern row that you noted before, and knit the sleeve in the round, until the sleeve length designated in the pattern. Be sure to remember that in the round, your purl rows are knitted.
Repeat for second sleeve. Weave in ends. You are done!
I hope I got this right and it all makes sense. Please feel free to comment below if you don't understand something, or if I need to correct my notes.
Usually, I'll knit a project, and then I'll look for a cute outfit to match. In this case, I fell in love with a baby dress at Peek, and then decided that it needed a sweater!
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