I Can’t Even Stand It!

It’s so freakin’ cute! I finished the BSJ! I love, love, love it!

All of the confusion, the do-overs, the ripping – all of it was so worth it. This is such an adorable sweater and I’m going to say what all other BSJ knitters have said before me: Elizabeth Zimmermann was a clever genius. I’m amazed.

One thing I’m not so thrilled about is the idea that she has you make button holes on both sides of the front of the sweater. Based on whether the baby is a boy or a girl, you sew buttons on your chosen side over the button holes. Good idea, I guess, except my button holes didn’t exactly line up. Not EZ’s fault – it’s mine. She said to “work 5 small buttonholes evenly-spaced on end sections.” I should have been careful to match them up. Thought I did, but I was a little off. It won’t matter when the buttons are sewn on. Can’t wait to pick them out.
I also have to decide if I’m going to add an applied i-cord edging, or if I’ll take the easy, quick way and add a crochet border. I’m leaning toward crochet. We’ll see. I’m also trying to decide if I should use a different color for the edging. Green? Yellow? Deeper blue?

EZ suggested that “before you sew up the shoulders, have some fun by tossing it to someone (knitter or not) and challenge them to fold that amorphous bit of knitting into a sweater.” Of course, I threw it to M. and made him try it. I gave him this:

And after flopping it all around, he made this:

He called it a “baby corset.” Now how, may I ask, does a 13 year-old boy know about corsets? He’s nothing if not entertaining. Love this kid.

5 Responses to “I Can’t Even Stand It!”

  1. Kathy Says:

    He must have learned about corsets when he learned about hair “stylists”…gotta love him! It would be cute for a baby with very fat arms! Love, biblady

  2. Jen Says:

    That is a very clever pattern. And you son is very smart to have come up with the “baby corset”. The recipient will be a very lucky baby!

  3. Kelly Says:

    Hey! It’s so, so cute! You should be *very* proud of yourself, wow, that seemed like a complicated pattern from what I’ve heard! Bring it to SnB, k?

  4. yh Says:

    That is soooooo cute!!

  5. Sheila Says:

    You did it! I am working on the BSJ once again and feel happier with it this time. You have encouraged me, especially seeing your terrific baby corset . . . er sweater.

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