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!
From Small Things: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?
I think this is at least the 3rd time I’ve shown this green knitting for Yarn Along Day! I guess that just gives you a clear idea of just how long it’s taking me to finish up this sweater. The arms and back seemed to go so fast as they were plain stockinette with just a bit of shaping. I am really enjoying knitting up the front with its pretty leaves, but the chart and keeping track of increases and decreases keeps this firmly in the “knit when PB is asleep” category.
Enter the blue yarn. That’s Malabrigo merino worsted in Bobby Blue, and it’s going to be an Owlet sweater. I knew it would fit the bill for my “knit when PB is awake” category of knitting when the pattern says something like “Cast on x number of stitches, knit 8 inches”. Perfect! So far it’s speeding right along; I even took it with me to toddler storytime at the library today and was able to knit a few rows!
And on to the book: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (a college classmate of mine!). I started reading it at beginning of January, but cast it aside in favor of finishing up Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Then came a couple of other nonfiction reads. Now I need a little paranormal romance fiction so it’s back in the rotation, and I am really enjoying it. If you liked Twilight, you’re going to really like this. And if you didn’t like those vampire books, you’re probably going to love this because it has a plot and strong female characters (with some wit, teen angst, crushes, and no violence so far). ; )
What are you knitting or crocheting this week? Any good books on your nightstand?
I tried to be faithful, I really did.
After finishing my Lenore socks, I decided I needed to face my wips. I only had 3, and I thought surely they would keep me entertained until after The Move. I thought forcing myself to knit on these already started projects would do me some good and clear the decks for some inspired fall knitting.
It lasted 2 days.
I tried to focus on my Hamamelis shawl, I really did! But the charts and lace don’t make for good relaxing in front of a movie knitting for me, and that’s really all I have room for right now. The good news is, I did make some progress on it before going on a cast-on spree. Another of my wips wasn’t so lucky…
I have been vacillating over what to do with my long-languishing Hemlock Ring blanket for months. I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to get finished, yet something wouldn’t allow me to rip out all that lovely knitting. Then one day I was casually browsing projects on Ravelry when Sweetie noticed what I was looking at. Those are cool, she said, looking at some colorwork mittens. Knowing she likes owls, I said: I bet there’s something similar with owls on them. A few clicks later we had decided on a pair of cabled owl mittens, and a matching owlet sweater for Peaceful Baby. Suddenly I knew what all that Malabrigo would be good for, and it was very easy to rip out!
I also cast on a little something for PB to protect her tender knees during all the crawling she’s been doing. This project is knitting up super fast, and I should be finished after the weekend. Have a good one!