The Flax Light by Tin Can Knits is available on Ravelry free of charge. It's another little garment that I've knit for Eleanor's friend who's expecting her first baby.
I actually ended up knitting this sweater twice over, the first time I misread the pattern and the garter stitch patterning at the top of the sleeves ended up being increased right the way to the raglan. It wasn't until I'd knit the whole body and rejoined for the sleeves that I discovered that the garter stitch patterning should in fact be a much narrower strip. I decided to leave the garter stitch pattern as it was up to the raglan and knit the rest of the sleeves in stocking stitch but it just didn't look right so I ended up starting the whole sweater over again from scratch.
Eleanor chose the yarn which I knitted the sweater in whilst we were on holiday in Cornwall. It's King Cole Big Value Baby Spot 4 Ply in the nectarine colourway. I can't say I'm at all impressed by it. First of all, there were knots which had to be cut out of the yarn, but my main gripe is about the dyeing.
When looking at the ball of yarn I bought, the flecks of colour look just that, flecks, however, as I worked my way through the yarn, the flecks turned into whole lengths of dye which has resulted in patches of colour in the knitting. Luckily, they're all on the back of the sweater, but I'm sure you can see what I mean. It's really disappointing.
I could have cut out these parts but I didn't have all that much yarn left as it was so hard to pull out my first attempt which had gone wrong that I'd cast nearly half the ball aside. I'd also already cut out numerous knots, so I was quite worried I'd run out of yarn. I complained to the company about it and they've sent me a replacement ball of yarn, but it was too late to knit it again.
It hasn't turned out to be the best thing I've ever knit but babies tend to go through so many clothes in their early days that I'm sure it'll be fine to keep her warm at some point.
Eleanor went to her friend's baby shower at the weekend. She'd made up a lovely hamper full of goodies, everything from toiletries to nappies, bibs to muslin squares, and a first book to some little outfits (not photographed). She popped the Flax Light in there as well as the Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater which I'd knit a little while ago, and her friend was thrilled to bits with it all.
It's been lovely knitting some baby garments for a change.