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Aqua Baby Sweater

Jan 2009knitwool giftmediumdefinitely

A friend gifted me with this lovely aqua yarn, a fingering weight wool from Bendigo Mills in Australia, while I was still pregnant. Had I had any sense, I would have started knitting right away, instead of waiting until after Isabel was born in October. Since I didn't, this little project took me quite a while, though I think if I'd had time to really work on it at my normal pace it would have gone quickly. I think I used about 50 grams.

I measured her, did a guage swatch, and then did some quick calculations to recreate my standard top-down raglan method in miniature. Given how sleep deprived I was at that point, it's something of a miracle that they came out correctly. I would guess that this about 6 month size (she's 11 weeks in these pictures).

I used size 3 needles because they were the smallest I had, but I think the knit is a bit loose and it would have been better to use smaller. On the other hand, that would have meant even more stitches and more time, and I'm quite happy to be done and be able to start something new! Worsted weight, here I come! I suspect that the looseness was why the picot hem I did along the bottom (yo, k2tg) does not look as cute as I've seen it in other people's projects.

Once I was done with the basic sweater, I crocheted a few little motifs out of some leftover bare yarn from knitpicks.com. Here they are sitting on the plain sweater, waiting to be dyed.

I used kool-aid to dye them, and appliqued them in place with more yarn. I also added the little crochet edging.

I was originally going to put some pretty purple buttons, but they just competed too much with the motifs, so I went with clear instead. I'm not thrilled with how the button band came out; I tried to make it reverse stockinette with a stockinette hem, thinking it would fold over neatly and not roll, but it's a little messy looking. Oh well, next time I'll know better!

Other than that, though, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. It's still a bit big on her, but hopefully it will fit before the weather gets too hot to wear it.

And now, let us conclude with yet another gratuitous baby photo. May she always look so happy in things I make for her!