I’ve got to get a camera. Photographing a wiggly 2-year old on a computer cam is difficult.
This is part of my resolution to post more FO’s so you know I actually finish things, I don’t just spin ideas. I have not put the buttons on this one, I only just pulled it off the blocking board.
I used the Baby Sophisticate pattern, found on Ravelry’s excellent cross-referencing system. If you haven’t been to Ravelry, you need to go. All the patterns on the net and then some, exhaustively cross-referenced. I looked for kid cardigans made from bulky yarn. This is a 30% soy/ 70% wool mix called Mousse. It has a little fuzz and is smoothly spun. I’m not enough of a knitter to remember what that is called. It pills a little, but once you de-pill it doesn’t happen again. I tried to make it into something for myself, having picked it up for $1 a ball, but the color doesn’t suit me. Too candy-fied. I think it matches her coloring well.
The bulk of the sweater is knitted as a top-down raglan, eliminating seaming. Then you pick up the front edge and knit the front panels and collar in one piece. I didn’t realize this and knitted the front in garter stitch anyway. Once I realized my mistake, I left it. I thought if I ripped it out I’d never finish the sweater while she could still wear it. I made little short sleeves rather than long, to give the sweater a longer wearing life. And little kids need to be able to get dirty from the elbows down.
Before I lived here I thought short-sleeved sweaters were stupid. Now I see they are the cleverest piece of clothing ever invented. Our house is very drafty and open, we have to wear layers for the few months of chilly weather. I adore my short-sleeved cardigans knitted in winters past. They keep the body warm without going overboard; putting one on is instant comfort and warmth. I want that for Lila.
I have a couple of cute hot pink buttons, I’ll let her choose three and whip them on tonight after work. Perhaps.