I knew that although PB won the initial battle, I would ultimately win the wear-this-sweater war.

Granted, I snuck it on while she was busy at playing, but she did leave it on all day.  It’s a perfect fit, and I am back to thinking about making her another sweater this winter.  Cinnamon, Tea Leaves, Petite Facile, Milo, Phoebe’s Sweater, and Camilla Kid are all strong contenders.

What are you dreaming of knitting next?

Hippie Chickie

This little vest has been in my mind lately. There’s just something about a chunky knit layered over regular clothes on a baby that really gets me in the wool!

So when I was looking for something quick and simple to knit, this really fit the bill. Plus, I had a suitable yarn in my stash, so it was very easy to get started. I knit it over a weekend and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

  • Pattern: Plain Vest by Heidi & Anna Pickles (free pattern for 12 mo size, Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in Macadamia, about 155 yards (1.5 skeins)
  • Needles: US size 9
  • Mods: Instead of using yarn overs, I bound off 2 stitches for buttonholes, then cast on 2 on the next round. Next time, I would also cast off a few more stitches at the underarm as the armhole is a little small.

The yarn is widely available at craft stores, and is an organic cotton. I think it has been sitting in my stash for so long because I was worried it would be inelastic, and at such a big gauge would cause my hands some pain to knit. But it was light and airy, almost silky to work with, and I love the creamy color.  The resulting fabric is slightly irregular and rustic, something that works with this pattern so well. It softened and bloomed a bit after blocking, giving the sweater a great drape.

Choosing buttons for this vest wasn’t so simple. I got out my button collection and played around with different pairs of buttons, but they were all just so-so. My mom was still in town and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: she would stay with PB while I went to the craft store in search of buttons. Alone. It was divine. And then I found so many buttons my head started spinning. I came out with about 4 sets of potential matches, and in the end chose these sweet little pressed flowers. I think they really go with not only the color of the yarn, but with PB’s cornflower blue eyes.



That’s my little hippie chick!  Is it so wrong that I want one in my size?  Maybe a Shalom cardigan…