Here’s another cardigan I made for the baby’s first few weeks.
The design, Puerperium
, is very popular on Ravelry.
I think it’s cute, but in retrospect, it may not be the most adequate sweater for a newborn.
First, it’s supposed to have lots and lots of buttons, which I replaced with a snap bands – the grosgrain band adding some stability to the garter stitch edge, and snaps being much easier to handle on a newborn than buttons. However, this is a ready-made snap band, and it has the farthest-spaced snaps that I could find; but I still think there are too many of them. I’ll be making my own snap bands from scratch next time.
The other reason why I’m not entirely sold on this for a newborn is that I realized afterhand that the yarn used for the main body (Sirdar Crofter), while lovely with its fair-isle effect, doesn’t have a high wool content. I’m so kicking myself for this – I must have had a malfunctioning neuron or two when planning this and not checking the yarn’s content better!
Besides, this doesn’t really wrap around the baby, as opposed to the other cardigans I knit. It is simply a mock wrap, closing at a side to emulate regular wrap cardigans.
As a result, this isn’t as warm as the rest of the wardrobe; it will therefore only be wearable after the first few days of adapting to room temperature, and in a well-heated room.
Ah well. It’s still sweet, and it did knit up fast, for two reasons: first, it is knit in DK weight and on 4-mm needles, as opposed to the fingering or sport weight most baby cardigans are knit in; second, and more obviously, there was less fabric to knit, as there isn’t this extra layer to wrap around!
It was also my first time sewing a band onto a handknit, something I’d been eager to try for a while, and I like the clean result. So I did learn something in the process.
Bottom line: fast and fun to make, but I probably won’t be making it again. At least not for a newborn, nor for cold temperatures.
My project page with all the details is here.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone; and for those of you going through the same icy spell we’ve been having here – stay warm! 🙂