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.
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!
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.
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.
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!