Monday, November 09, 2009

February baby sweater

One of the cutest baby gifts I feel that I made was the EZ baby sweater out of sock yarn, for my cousin's daughter. I decided my little lady lady also needed one.


This is a great project if you are looking for a fast, easy and interesting cardigan for a baby girl. I took mine on a business trip to the east coast last week and was pretty much complete by the time I returned home. Besides, anything that makes good use out of my ever-increasing stash of sock yarns is a good thing.

There seems to be a lot of discussion on baby knits - whether it's worth the effort. Right now I think so, but soon I'll have firsthand experience at how fast the wee one grows. (Who am I kidding - I'll be knitting regardless of how fast they grow... and at this stage, maybe the amount of time it takes to knit is in relation to the amount of time they'll be wearing it!) I'm telling myself that this particular cardigan might last a bit longer because it is lace, and there's some manipulating that can be done during blocking to stretch a little as baby grows. That's all theory at this point. I'll be able to let you know in a matter of months! Maybe February baby for a February baby sweater? (More likely early March, the Feb part is wishful thinking).


My modifications to the original pattern are shown in the post on the first version I made. Essentially all I did differently was cast on more for the neck, and then knit a few extra rows on the yoke. Everything else is per the guidelines in the book.

I still favour my first version most (it's that delicious sundara yarn). But this one in Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn (colourway Lobster Pinch) is still cute, vibrant and fun with those contrasting purple flower buttons. Although Joe is being a little more practical than I and is advising that I might want to avoid buttons for future baby knits -- that little ones love to chew.

I still have a little yarn left from the one skein of sock yarn - potentially enough for some Saartjes booties. The little lady will need matching accessories after all ;o)

12 comments:

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Adorable sweater! They do grow fast but look oh so cute in handmade knits :)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Adorable sweater! They do grow fast but look oh so cute in handmade knits :)

Luni said...

Nothing wrong with knitting for babies. Even if they do outgrow things quickly, there's always an opportunity to pass it on to another cute baby. I can see that sweater is destined to be a family heirloom.

marycatharine said...

It's so cute! The buttons are fantastic. I have a whole bunch of tiny handknits from my Nana. She made them for all of her many grandchildren and unlike many gifts from babyhood they have survived and will be passed down.

Bubblesknits said...

Very pretty. :-) My little girl is almost 5 and I'm still knitting sweaters for her.

Oiyi said...

Love the color! Your little lady will look great in it. I need to make one for mine. Maybe a mommy and me versions?

Baby knits are totally worth it!

Bea said...

Very cute! If you want to knit baby sweaters then they are totally worth it. If you hate knitting them then they probably aren't. I think this one would look adorable on any baby.

StarSpry said...

This is an adorable sweater and I love the buttons! I like the idea of matching booties, too :)

tiennie said...

Love these sweet little sweaters! Pretty color!

theknittingcowgirl said...

Hello sam!
It's a nice little cardigan for your little lady... And yeah... she must have coordinate booties!!!! :-)

iknitipurl said...

Very cute!

Rima said...

Totally cute! Isnt it such a classic pattern?