Hand-Knit Baby Cardigan

Some friends of mine recently welcomed a new little baby into their family. I was wracking my brain trying to think of something to make for them when I remembered that I had a ball of Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky yarn in my stash. I originally purchased this yarn because I fell in love with a sample baby cardigan I had seen knit out of it at my LYS. While I wasn't expecting a bundle of joy any time soon, I thought I might be able to make myself something out of it.

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And I tried. . . I knit a beret with this yarn and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the process. The yarn was lovely to work with and I loved the pattern I was using. Sadly, the hat ended up being a major flop. I frogged it and the yarn has hidden away in my stash ever since. I am SO glad things worked out this way. The yarn just longed to be knit into something tiny and cute for a baby!

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I used a lovely, basic cardigan pattern designed by Morven Swan called the Unisex V-Necked Baby Cardigan. It is a free pattern on Ravelry and I've knit it up three times now. I had JUST enough yarn to make this version. I literally had a mere scrap left over! (The skein was 100 grams and had 170 yards/155 metres.) The cardigan is knit in pieces and then seamed together at the end. It is quite genius though! The neck/front edging is all knit as part of the front pieces. No fiddly picking up and knitting stitches here. I used some pale pink plastic buttons from my stash to finish the cardigan off and I think they worked perfectly.

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I am beyond thrilled with how this looks! Since the weather is definitely taking a cold turn here in Virginia, I am sure the little recipient will get loads of wear out of it. And since the yarn is quite bulky, it should be quite warm and cozy. I also set up a Ravelry project page for this cardigan which you can see here.

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While knitting does seem to be taking over more and more of my crafting time, (especially with Christmas so rapidly approaching!!) I am making plans for some sewing projects both for myself and as gifts. Are you making any of your holiday gifts this year? I'd love to hear about it! I can always use more present ideas!

~Emily