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Knitting for Pregnancy

22 May 2014
  • 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.

Pregnant and Excited.

Excited.

Five Months!

Five Months! Oh My.

Outtake.

Outtake.

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.

Tea Leaves in Alexandria

Me. Not Pregnant. Tea Leaves Cardigan. On the porch of our old house in Alexandria. We miss you, house!

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.

Corinne plus Pink

My knitting bag for our flight to England, almost three years ago: the Corinne Cardigan, plus a random ball of yarn from the Tea Leaves Cardigan.

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)?

 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. joanna permalink
    22 May 2014 11:54 am

    Yay, congrats!! Very exciting news :D

    I didn’t wear a lot of sweaters when I was pregnant, but the first time around I knit this one that worked quite well, but is not truly a maternity sweater so I can still wear it now: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/JStrizzy/cabled-cardigan—kk183

  2. 22 May 2014 12:17 pm

    I’ve had 4 kids of my own. The last one was born in mid-August. I feel the heat just thinking about it. I would knit something light using the hemp or something with a nice mix of fibers. I Interweaves Knitscene/ Spring 2014, There is a wonderful Tank from Designer Robyn Melanson called the “Alexandrite Tank”. It would be something for casual wear or out with friends. The rib design on the front and back could be gradually extended out just below the bust line or even short rows could be used to add extra room. Another tank in the same publication by Julie LeFrancios also has a great shape for the mom to be and can be modified easily. Make one for Little Miss Feisty in another color and you’ll be the cat’s meow! Good luck and happy knitting!

  3. 22 May 2014 2:53 pm

    Wow, your coming on well. I didn’t know it was a brother, congratulations!

    You must knit the hemp and Flaming June looks lovely.

    So you won’t be joining us all on the GLYC this year.

  4. Karen permalink
    22 May 2014 9:27 pm

    Congratulations! See, being out of the loop really leaves me out of the loop. Oh, LMF is going to be a great big sister, all bossiness and big smiles. I’m sensing a cardigan trend here, which makes sense, of course…

  5. Karen permalink
    22 May 2014 11:59 pm

    I mean that in a good way, coming from a big sister and all. I’m totally bossy. :)

  6. Emily Kohler permalink
    23 May 2014 3:00 pm

    Kathleen I am so happy for you! And little boys are really wonderful, so sweet. As for knitting, I’ve thought about it and I recommend the traveling woman sweater available from blue moon fiber arts. Awesome for pregnancy, postpartum, and snuggling with little people. It’s a long knit, but fun. Especially the piecing together.

  7. Eve (eveariel on Ravelry) permalink
    27 May 2014 5:10 pm

    My contribution here is Liesl by Ysolda Teague. I made it while I was pregnant and it was both flattering and a good layer!

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