One of these days I'll find out how to edit a posting after I have published it, meanwhile, I'll just continue the last posting here. The next little jacket was knitted with wool given to me by Betty. She is expecting a new grandchild, and had been happily knitting all sorts of baby clothes, only to be told by her daughter-in-law that "Nobody puts their babies in knitted clothes any more." Betty was quite hurt by this and took her efforts to the charity shop, where the ladies were delighted with them, and promised that they would be priced to reflect all her hard work. She had 2 balls of wool left, and passed it on to me. It was a lovely shade of ivory, in a weight about the same as 4ply. Not knowing how far it would go, I decided to knit from the yoke down, adjusting the length of the jacket to suit the amount of wool.
I thought it might be an idea to knit the sleeves first. I thought about knitting the raglan shaping for the backs and front at the same time, but chickened out, but next time I might do it that way, leaving only the underarm seam to sew. I do like to use my brains to save me doing things I dislike, and sewing up knitting is not one of my favourite things.
As you can see, it would have been quite straightforward. At the end of the raglan shaping there are 3 stitches to cast on at each side of the sleeve, and I would cast on 6 matching stitches as I knitted front, back, front.
I ran out of wool an inch below the sleeves. There are short jackets and there are short jackets...I took a ball band into Violetta's shop, and she had the same colour, but a different dye lot, so I took a chance, thinking that I could always do a row of eyelet holes or garter stitch to disguise the colour shift if it was too obvious. I am happy with it, but now have half a ball of wool left. Do babies still wear bonnets?