Finished Object: Baby Sophisticate

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.


  1. Very, very cute. Oh, and the sweater is beautiful! I got this harebrained idea that I need to knit a cardigan for myself, so far having only knitted socks. I love the patterns on Ravelry, but I have NO idea how to read English patterns. Now, I read somewhere that even the knitting technique is different(holding the yarn)?! This might be quite the project.

  2. oh my gosh, it is adorable, and she looks so cute in it! You're right, it does suit her well. And you were also right to just get it done and on onto her while it still fits! (Ask me how I know about that one….)And I agree with you on the short sleeves in winter! I have been wanting for 2 winters now to make myself a Hanten jacket to stay warm in the house — long sleeved jackets end up coming off constantly as I do this and that. This year I really need to finally do it.

  3. Thanks everyone. She's a sweet girl.Uta, I'm not sure why English patterns would be a problem, you type English well. :) Most patterns will have something that tells you how to do each stitch. When it fails me, I go to Youtube or ask a knitter friend. There are differences in the English and Continental way of knitting (called "throwing," because it has to do with the way you throw the yarn). Continental is MUCH faster, and that's how I knit although I learned English. Either method is acceptable, whatever you find comfortable. If you had some specific questions I might help or send you to someone who can…?

  4. Thank you for the vote of confidence! You're right, most things can be found out, thanks to the internet. If I get stuck, I might just take you up on your offer – thanks again!

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