I finally remembered to photograph my latest project before mailing it this week. It seems like I'm going through a baby knitting spurt recently. If people I know would stop having babies, I could get back to a few other projects (just kidding). One of the reasons I love baby projects is that they're so fast. I'm impatient, so I love the instant gratification of knitting baby items.
I love this sweater...in fact, I wish I had an adult size to wear myself. The purple/grey yarn is Skinny Cotton yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas. Some of you may remember a cowl I made with this yarn two years ago. Yes, sometimes extra yarn sits in my stash for over two years. Which brings me to another reason I love baby projects -- they help me use up the small quantities of lovely yarn in my stash.
The sweater is knit from the collar down in stockinette stitch (alternating knit and purl rows). The border on the sleeves and sweater is garter stitch (knit all rows). You slip stitches as you make the body of the sweater and then pick up stitches around the body to create the collar and border where the buttons and button holes are.
While I was knitting this, I wasn't sure it was going to turn out to be the right size. It felt like I was making doll clothes instead of a sweater to fit a real baby. I hate checking gauge, so I skipped that step. It turns out that it just felt small without the collar and button hole border. Once I added that on, it looked perfect.
I finished this up while watching a movie this weekend...and it was just in time! Baby L was born this weekend and the cardigan is in the mail and on its way.
PS. Did you know October 12th is "I Love Yarn Day"? I'm putting together a post with my favorite yarns to celebrate, so check back here in a few days!