What’s cuter than a baby in a hand-knit sweater?
I finished this project a couple of weeks ago, but it got lost in the shuffle and I am just now getting around to sharing it. Sorry to keep the finished objects from you!
- Pattern: Owlet by Kate Davies, Ravelled here
- Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Bobby Blue, 1.5 skeins (approx 325 yards)
- Needles: US size 6 and 7
- Mods: None
This was a great little project, and a good opportunity to practice some techniques on a small scale: it’s a yoke sweater knit from the bottom up with some simple cables, a little short row shaping at the back of the neck, and grafted underarms. Master those in a baby sweater, and knitting one up in your size will be a breeze!
As usual, knitting with Malabrigo was pure pleasure. It’s lofty, beautifully dyed, and knits up into a lovely, soft fabric. I’ve always shied away from using it for garments because it has a tendency to pill, but I think it’s fine for a baby sweater. Sure, you have to hand wash it, but it’s worth it.
My only problem with the finished result is in the sizing. I think the proportion is a little bit off; the body seems short in comparison to the length and width of the arms. I didn’t look over other knitter’s notes in Ravelry beforehand, or else I would have seen that plenty of people added length to the body. This was size 5 in the pattern, meant to fit 24-36 months. I thought I was getting a head start on next fall’s knitting for PB, but as you can see it fits her perfectly right now. Part of this may be a result of the fact that I accidentally knit it on size 7 needles when I thought I was using 8s… In any case, it’s now going to be a gift for a dear friend who is expecting her first babe this spring. The sweater ought to be perfect for her baby next winter!