Sunday, April 30, 2006

Answering a question

Tanya writes:

"I have really enjoyed your blog. I am (sniff) a lurker. I am having so much trouble with the Erika Knight Cashmere Baby Leggings pattern and i saw that you made a lovely set for Sprout. If you have a few moments (and remember the pattern) could you please explain how you connected the heel pouch to the rest of the foot area? I have frogged so much my yarn (and I) can't take many more attempts. I think my brain is slacking off at the foot point in the pattern."

First of all, welcome, Tanya! Thank you for your nice comments about my blog. I'm flattered that someone is actually asking knitting advice from me. From me!

I do remember the pattern. I have the book and the leggings right here in front of me, ready to help if I can. When you are talking about connecting the heel pouch to the rest of the foot, do you mean after you're done knitting and ready to seam, or during knitting? If it's during finishing/seaming, I can help you with that. The heel seam is on the side of the foot, not at the back, where it looks like it should be. So you are actually going to "turn the corner" with the heel before seaming it to the rest of the foot. The pattern finishing notes say "sew up the inside leg and finally the foot seams, noting the seam is on the side of the foot." Let me see if I can get a good picture to illustrate: See how the leg seam is coming down the side of the heel, not the back?

When viewed from the front with the seam flat, the foot does not lie flat like a sock, but rather sticks out like a shoe would:
Here is the view from the back with the seams flat:
See how the heel sticks out after being sewn "around the corner"?

If done incorrectly, the foot would lie flat like this:

How do I know? Because I did it that way first! It seemed logical, but most definitely didn't look right.

I hope this helps! Please let me know how it works for you. Email me pictures if you can at kkmj at comcast dot net.

I will end the post with Mr. Sproutie himself modelling the leggings in question.


tanya said...


tanya said...

(woo hoo my mac works!) Oh you are a GODDESS for giving me such help with the leggings! I think i should really leave
E A R L Y (wink) so i can lay them out and go by your photos. They will really help. You should write erika and give her a clue about PHOTOS being helpful. Esp. with a book entitled SIMPLE knits blah blah blah.
So i have to go and write the pope to start the beatification process for you. You're a doll. No wonder sprout is such a cutie.

Anonymous said...


Chris said...

OMG! I must knit this now! Is this in Simple Knits for Cherished Babies? I'm going to the Yarn Garden tonight and will buy the book there if they have it and probably return here when I have the same issues (and no doubt many others) with the pattern.

Chris aka Reluctant Lactivist

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
Yes, this pattern is from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight. I knit this in Rowan Wool Cotton, and it's very soft. It was a fun project for me to knit. I chose the footed leggings because Sproutie's little feet would get so cold when I put him in his swing, and he would always kick off any sock or bootie I tried to put on him. These leggings keep his feet nice and warm, and the drawstring is perfect for keeping them on.

I'd love to hear about your knitting progress with this pattern. Be sure to keep me posted!