Last week, I finished my Dala Mitts (photos coming soon), which meant it was time to dive into some baby knitting. One of my best friends from high school is due this month, and Amber‘s first birthday is in a couple of weeks (I can’t believe she’s a year old) and that means lots of little knitting. When I started knitting again six years ago, I couldn’t understand the appeal of baby things. Tiny patterns seemed to proliferate, and during my brief time working and teaching in a knitting shop, patterns and yarns for babies seemed to be half the business. Maybe it just takes having some babies in your life to get it, but I am increasingly enchanted by tiny garments — both how adorable they are and how much fun they can be to knit.
Anyway, when it came to choosing a pattern to knit for the new baby (a girl), I knew what yarn I wanted to use (Malabrigo Sock in Dewberry, from deep in my stash) but I couldnt’ quite settle on a pattern. My go-to baby cardigan is Tanis Lavallee’s Sunnyside, which I’ve knit three times and unabashedly adore. I even though I’d knit the lace version this time, which was kind of exciting. This was the plan, so when it came time to actually cast on I was surprised that I felt kind of restless about my pattern choice. Maybe it was the prospect of all that stockinette, I’m not sure, but something sent me searching through Ravelry for an alternative.
And then, I found it: the February Baby Sweater. I’ve owned The Knitter’s Almanac for years, and though I read it cover to cover, I’ve never actually knit any of the patterns in it. Crazy, right? Clearly, though, this was too perfect to pass up: Baby girl, due in February, plus the fact that I would be knitting it in February — clearly meant to be.
I cast on last weekend and, after figuring out some modifications for my smaller gauge (EZ’s version uses worsted- or DK-weight, but I’m using fingering-weight — I’ve outlined my mods here), I’ve just been happily knitting away. After the total pleasure of knitting my Dala Mitts, this little sweater is a worthy successor, and it really does tick all my boxes: I’m using yarn and pattern from my stash, the knitting is interesting but doesn’t require full attention, and in not too long I’ll have an adorable gift for a good friend. Hard to beat that combination, really.
I checked out your versions of the first pattern. They are SO cute! I absolutely love this purple you’re working with.
Thank you! Sunnyside is a fantastic pattern and I know I’ll be knitting it again. I still really want to make the lace version with the picots.
You might also like to know that Amethyst (a purple coloured stone) is the birthstone for February! So your choice of yarn is even more appropriate than you originally thought 🙂
I was thinking that too!
I can’t believe I forgot that! Truly, this sweater can do no wrong 🙂
I love Sunnyside (truly a perfect baby sweater), but I love knitting new-to-me patterns, so I totally understand your new choice! What a perfect colour.
Thanks, Julie! I can’t believe how long I’ve had this yarn in my stash. The more I knit with it the more I love this colour.
EZ comes through again! She’s amazing. love the yarn you are using – very pretty.
That color is lovely! I know that sweater will be delightful, just perfect for a little February girl!
I love this colour – and you’re absolutely right, the sweater looks fantastic! This will make an awesome gift for the little one. 🙂 YEAH!