Thank You so much for all of your very sweet comments about FinallyAGirl. I’ve been missing her terribly this week and luckily, we’re going to see her this weekend. Yay!
I’ve been busy over the last few months making a few baby sweaters that I couldn’t show you until they were given to SweetiePie – which we did when the baby was born. I love little knitting projects because I can take them to work and knit at lunchtime a few days a week. The first sweater is the famous Baby Surprise sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman. This was a super fun sweater to knit, but boy, the first time, it takes a leap of faith. This is what the sweater looks like when you finish knitting.
Does that look like a sweater to you? Me neither. But, have faith, a little change-o presto and it looks like this:
I don’t even remember how I twisted it to put it together, but I do remember that the only seams are along the top of the sleeves. No side seams, so that was nice! My only frustration with this pattern was that there was no indication as to what size the finished sweater would be — maybe it’s because you can use this pattern for babies all the way to adult sizes, depending on the size yarn and needles that you use. I was hoping for a 3 – 6 month size, but I think this is more like a 0 – 3 month size. For those interested in the details, I used US size 3 needles with a Koigu yarn. The pattern has been published in several books and all the details, along with pictures of other Baby Surprise sweaters, can be found on Ravelry, here. Not included in the pattern is the little picot edge along the front and bottom of the sweater and around the sleeve edges. My buddy Bonnie mentioned that she had a friend who did a picot edge on her baby surprise sweater, so I googled a picot edge and crocheted it when the sweater was finished. I think this makes a really fun baby gift and I’ll definitely be making it again!
The second little sweater I made is the Nouveau-né by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot). This was another fun little knit, and oh, what a pretty little sweater pops out at the end! This sweater is knit in a much more traditional manner — top down on circular needles, so there are no side seams, which I love. I also LOVE that beautiful little honeycomb stitch on the yoke and around the sleeve and body hems. It’s so pretty and and it’s fun to run your fingers along the top to feel the bubbly texture.
The pattern also has instructions for little booties, so I made them too. It only contains instructions for a 0-3 month size — oh, how I wish it also included larger sizes. I’d definitely make it again for when our little miss gets bigger. The booties seem large to me — more like a 6 month size, but what do I know — it’s been a long time since I’ve been around little baby feet.
For those interested, I used US size 3 needles and the yarn is Millamia Naturally Soft Merino. Both little sweaters have flower shaped buttons (sorry, the whites aren’t showing up very well — white is so hard to photograph!). Yarn and buttons for both sweaters were purchased at my LYS, Knitting Off Broadway.
I LOVE baby knitting and I’ve started on another new project — a few lunch times a week, week after week, add up to some fun finished projects!
And now … it’s the weekend. T minus 2 until I can cuddle that little baby — Yipee!!! If you’re an American, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!!