Today I thought I’d share baby items that are all knit up, and only need a bit of finishing.
This round yoke cardigan is the very first thing I made for the baby, when we felt the pregnancy was far along enough to get started on concrete plans… I knit this in the Peak District as we were approaching the 3-month landmark. Knitting this first item for the baby was so very special.
Why is it not quite finished, will you ask? Well, I want to appliqué a little birdie to the lower left side of the cardigan – to bring more focus onto the buttons.
The following cardigan took up a lot more time, being knit on 3-mm (size 2 1/2) needles. 🙂
The design is a freebie
by Canadian designer Tanis Lavallée.
I wish you could see in person just how soft and beautiful this turned out, thanks to the alpaca yarn. Well worth all the time.
Why no buttons yet? I just couldn’t find buttons that matched the cardigan in softness of shade and material, AND that were small enough, so I resorted to making my own. I couldn’t even find locally kits for fabric-covered buttons in such a small size, so I had to buy the kit online – and received it this week.
What I hadn’t anticipated, however, is that such a soft, soft cardigan, would be requiring the use of a hammer. Let me tell you, covering tiny, teeny 11-mm buttons is a much fiddlier business than covering larger buttons for a coat
(fabric is remnants of the Liberty used to make the skirt I’m wearing in the picture at the very top of the sidebar – blogged here
Lastly, this big, soft, cushy blanket was knit with worsted yarn held double and 7-mm needles.
The design is by La Droguerie – Plaid Torsadé, from their Tous les bébés de la Droguerie book (sadly not available online, and rather tricky to get even in France!).
I really like how this turned out. It is technically finished, and could be used as is; but I want to make this more special by backing it with a beautiful flannel, which hasn’t arrived yet. I want this to be a classy, timeless, but also sturdy blanket that may last and appeal to our daughter for many years. Backing it will definitely make it more durable – and warmer, and even cushier!
I’ll be sharing more details of each when they are 100% finished. 🙂
I am also almost done with the most adorable little dress ever, and should finish another baby jacket within the next week. At this rate, our baby girl is going to have a rather well-stocked wardrobe!
Next up though: more maternity wardrobe sewing for me! I mean, it’s still very much summer here, which is rather strange (we’ve been breaking all-time records of temperatures this week), but autumn is bound to come eventually, right?