Heartbreakingly Cute

All that extra down time last week afforded me the opportunity to sit down and finish up the One-Piece Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting.  I had started it during the first snowstorm that hit New England, and it knit up incredibly fast.  The only catch was, when the knitting was finished, there was still blocking, seaming, and figuring out a closure.

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  • Pattern: One-Piece Baby Kimono by Cristina Shiffman, Mason-Dixon Knitting

  • Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Lime, less than 200 yards.

  • Needles: US 7/4.5mm

  • Mods: I knit this in stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch thinking it would be more delicate.  I also used buttons instead of ribbon for the closure.

I neglected to take a photo of this before seaming it up.  Imagine this: the seams run up both sides and out underneath each arm.  I pinned the right sides together and stitched them together from the inside.  This makes the sweater a little bit bulkier than I think would be comfortable for a teeny newborn, particularly in the underarm area.  Two things could remedy this: knitting the sweater with a finer gauge yarn, or knitting a seamless version like this one. I think if I ever feel compelled to knit something like this again it will most definitely be of the seamless variety!

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In an exciting moment, I got out my button jar reserved for those buttons less than 1-inch in diameter, and set about finding the right pairing.  I was briefly tempted by two royal blue buttons, but in the end went with these slightly mismatched white ones.  I attached some yarn to the front right flap and crocheted 10 chains before attaching it to the same edge to create a loop.  I did another one about 2 inches above the first.  I then sewed on the buttons in the appropriate place with a single ply of the same yarn I knit the sweater from.

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Overall this was a fast, fun knit that successfully busted into some of my stash.  The finishing was a tedious learning experience, but a worthy one as I had never seamed up a garment before.

Thank you so much for your kind, thoughtful, and sometimes candid comments on my last post.  Your support is invaluable to me and I deeply appreciate your kindness.

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4 thoughts on “Heartbreakingly Cute

  1. OMG I LOVE that baby kimono! My friend is having a baby in May? June? and I’m definitely going to make one for her – either the M/D one or the seamless version! Your stitches are always so even!

  2. That is very cute. I think if I ever make one I would probably choose the seamless one also. I’m in the middle of seaming and I have to say, I don’t particularly like the experience! Although I knew I don’t like seaming before I made the sweater.

  3. Too cute! I love the colour of it. But I especially love that you have a jar specifically for buttons of less than 1 inch. That’s the kind of nerdiness I really love!

  4. Beautiful sweater. I’ve knit it in garter stitch, but I think it’s so pretty in stockinette. I’ll have to try the seamless version you linked.

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