Knitting for Pregnancy
- Me: What do you think of this sweater? Does it make me look fat, or pregnant?
- Mr. Trask: Pregnant.
- Me: Pregnant, or Fat/Pregnant?
- Mr. Trask: Crazy/Pregnant.
So, some of you know this already, and some of you don’t, but: in September, Little Miss Feisty will have a brother. As you can tell from the photos above, he’s already making himself known such that occasionally people on the street congratulate me for being “almost done” with my pregnancy. [Au contraire, nosy bystanders! The young mister will be with me all summer.]
Since it’s England, I’ll still have a chance to wear some hand-knits in the next few months, and I thought I’d post about some garments I think will work for me in pregnancy. When I search Ravelry for “maternity,” I don’t get a lot of options (although that is changing; a few designers have started to think about pregnant ladies when tagging their designs). So–here’s what I’m dreaming about for the next few months.
1. The Tea Leaves Cardigan. I so enjoyed knitting this sweater, and it turns out it looks great with a bump, too. If I find the time (hah! with a toddler in the house), I’d love to knit a second one.
2. Goodale. A great cardigan for spring and summer, and I knit one out of Madelinetosh Pashmina the last time I was pregnant. Not always a yarn I would think of for summer, but in this case I think my Goodale will be a nice layer for mornings and evenings here, when there’s still a chill in the air. Unfortunately, I have to get over my block to doing the finishing. How hard is it to sew a couple of buttons on? Evidently: really quite difficult indeed.
3. The Greenfield Cardigan. Another Melissa LaBarre classic, this sweater was my absolute favorite when I was pregnant with Little Miss Feisty. I wore it when the sky threatened rain even a little, and I got a lot of compliments on it. There’s something about the way the front drapes that actually is a teeny, tiny bit flattering on a pregnant woman.
4. Corinne, from Knitty Spring 2011. I knit this in September 2011, when we were getting ready to move to England. Our house was little more than an empty shell and I was frantically mailing yarn all over the country. I thought I’d be wearing this sweater a lot last time, but it doesn’t sit on me quite right. You can see that I used a semisolid yarn, and it is a bit more mottled than I would like. I also think that the sleeves need to be lengthened and perhaps a contrasting button band added. I have a much better chance of altering a sweater than of knitting one from scratch this spring, so hopefully I’ll be reporting back on this one soon.
5. Flaming June, from Knitty Spring/Summer 2012. I got so excited about this sweater last time that I tracked down one of the few UK retailers offering the yarn – she was on vacation in Canada, for goodness’ sake – and convinced her to bring back enough Hemp for Knitting Allhemp3 for me to make Flaming June my very own. People, that yarn is still in my stash. This is the kind of thing that makes Mr. Trask weep late at night. I really need to knit this sweater, and soon. Especially since hemp is such a nice fiber to wear in the summer.
So – are you pregnant, or knitting for a pregnant lady? What do you think I should make this summer (other than teeny tiny kid clothes)?