Ye Wee Owlet

What’s cuter than a baby in a hand-knit sweater?

A toddler in a hand-knit sweater with owl cables and zesty button eyes petting a kitty, that’s what!

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!

9 thoughts on “Ye Wee Owlet

  1. Stop! You are killing me with cuteness…. I absolutely love that flirty picture of PB (4th pic)- she is too sweet! Nice job, mama! I miss you guys….

  2. She is adorable! That gorgeous blue suits her beautifully, and I love the contrast of the red buttons, and how they just leap out at you 🙂

  3. oh it’s lovely. I know a cherub who will be getting one this winter and looking as cute as PB! Thanks for the info re length etc. Alice is still a smallish 24 month old but I’ll be sure to pay attention to that aspect.

    Love your rug by the way. It’s beautiful.

  4. Oh it turned out beautifully!! I’ve got this bookmarked in my ravelry to 🙂 I have never knit cables yet though so I’ve put it off but this is so darn cute that I’m going to have to make on for my little guy 🙂

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