Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pretty in Pink Baby Cardigan

I cant even begin to tell you how much I love this project! It started with the yarn...  this pigeonroof studios gradient yarn is soo beautiful.  I had an idea in my mind of what I was aiming for, and used my 'go to' pattern for baby girl sweaters - Elizabeth Zimmerman February Baby Sweater - as the basis for the project.  It turned out exactly as I had envisioned... don't you love it when that happens!

Pretty in pink

Here are the modifications that I made to EZ's pattern:

  • EZ calls out a number of stitches to cast on.  Instead of casting on this amount, cast on the number that it recommends that you should have after the first round of increases.  
  • Follow the pattern for the garter stitch neck band and spacing of buttons
  • Instead of using the lace pattern that EZ recommends, knit a simple stocking stitch, retaining the garter stitch edging and button spacing.  (I love the lace pattern, but really wanted the color gradient to stand out with a simpler stitch pattern)
  • When starting a new color mini skein, work the first row as *Knit 1, Slip 1* repeated across the stocking stitch portion of the pattern - this results in a subtle zigzag between the 2 colors (vs a hard line shift from one color to the next)
  • For the sleeves, work 4 ridges of garter stitch and cast off.

Pretty in pink

It's very simple, but I think quite effective as a result of the beautiful yarn.

Pretty in pink

The final touch was to add buttons.  These are a simple transparent, pale pink, gem-like bead from Joanns Fabrics.  Aside from being a gorgeous button, I liked that the transparency picked up on the color of the yarn that it was placed on.

Pretty in pink

All in all, it was a really enjoyable knit, and I am excited to gift it next month.  Ooh and who doesnt love buying dresses for little girls?  I found this super cute ballet pump design dress which picks up on some of the pinks in the cardigan.

I hope you are having a great weekend.  It finally turned into summer here, so I've been enjoying time outdoors.  Take care,

Love,
Sam
xxx

5 comments:

Nicky said...

This is beautiful Sam!!! The cardigan turned out so sweet, I really love it! Well done lady. :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Beautiful job on the sweater! I love it. What a wonderful gift.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Beautiful job on the sweater! I love it. What a wonderful gift.

Chrisknits b said...

It is adorable!!! You knocked it out of the park with this one. Love the slip stitch idea.

Karen said...

Beautiful work!