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Junior’s First…

August 13, 2009

I can hardly believe what I’m about to say, but rest assured it’s true: I have two finished objects to show you!

The first is a little sweater that was a fun and satisfying knit.  This was my very first cardigan and button band experience, so I’m glad I got to try it out in a baby version.  The knitting and finishing were done on Saturday (you know, on the deck with a peach cobbler in the oven!), but I just blocked it yesterday and got the buttons sewn on today.

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There are so many wonderful colors in this yarn that I new I wanted to have multicolored buttons to help show them off.  I ended up going to Michael’s (which is not known for its button selection) and was happy to find a bag of purple, green, and blue buttons of different sizes.  Here is how it all came together:

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  • Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith (Ravelled here) 6 month size

  • Yarn: Purlsoup Fibers Worsted Weight, special edition colorway Sonia

  • Needles: I did the ribbing on size 6/4 mm and the body of the sweater on size 7/4.5 mm needles.

  • Mods: I knit the sweater in one color instead of stripes, but other than that I followed the pattern to the letter.

The second finished object is a product of my current “baby fever” knitting trend.  Another hat from the Wee Woolly Toppers collection.

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  • Pattern: Kilkenny from Wee Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead, size Medium (Ravelled here)

  • Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino, awesome yet unknown colorway, 104 yards/50 grams

  • Needles: US 4/3.5 mm circular and double points

  • Mods: I knit this as written until I got to the crown decreases.  I started off in pattern, but quickly realized it would use up more yarn than I had.  So I ripped back and did more swift decreases in garter stitch.  Made away with under a yarn of yarn left!

This was another fun and fast knit.  It starts out with the purled i-cord, which is something I had never come across before.  But I love how it matches the garter stitch.  You then work some increases to make the ear-flaps (twice) cast on some new stitches to connect them, and start knitting in the round.  That bit was a little fumbly for me, but once everything was connected it was smooth sailing.  The textured body of the hat is also very visually interesting but dead simple to knit.

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One of my favorite things about both these projects (besides their obvious cuteness) is that they were each knit with one skein of yarn from my stash.  That’s a great thing about little knits, and I plan to do more stash-busting/baby knitting this way.

I have about 1 1/2 more baby projects to knit and then I’m out of ideas.  If you’re getting sick of mini knits around here, rest assured that I am in the beginning stages of an adult sweater for myself: Coraline.  More on that later…I’m actually headed off to do some swatching for that right now!

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7 Comments
  1. Siamese Mom permalink
    August 13, 2009 3:47 pm

    I love baby knitting – so small, so dear, so quickly completed (important because they grow so quickly). Love the sweater with the multi-colored buttons. The spiral knit on the hat is intriguing as the stripes continue horizontally. You are a great knitter.

  2. August 14, 2009 12:42 am

    Baby knits are great! So quick. I love the hat; it really shows off the variegated yarn.

  3. August 14, 2009 9:15 am

    yeah, love those baby knits. so cute, so appreciated, and soooo fast. love the hat.

  4. August 14, 2009 8:29 pm

    I love both pieces!
    Baby stuff is fun because it’s small and goes quickly – not that I have any reason to make baby stuff but sometimes it’s just fun to practice on small stuff.
    My knitting has slowed to a crawl…summer sweater that might be ready next year, winter sweater that might be ready this winter, friend’s baby cardigan that needs to be put together and then put the button band on.
    But I’m thinking of dusting off my sewing machine and then heading to Joanne Fabrics to find some summer skirts to sew.

  5. August 15, 2009 9:34 am

    Hi Peaceful Knitter, found you on the Rav Blogging group. You have beautiful color in your garden and handknits! I’m a bit hesitant when it comes to color – just started my first colorwork this past year. I am hoping to knit Highlander by Anne Hanson of Knitspot in some hand paint from Brown Sheep (Lanoloft). My LYS is ordering a skein to try it out.

  6. August 15, 2009 9:38 am

    I love the way that the buttons reflect the pretty colours in the baby cardigan. The little hat’s sweet too. =]

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