knitting for wee people

I can't remember the last time I knit a baby sweater. I seem to have taken an unintentional hiatus from baby knitting! It's not as though there haven't been new babies born to or adopted by friends and family members. I just haven't gotten around to it. Now, of course, some of those new babies are approaching (or have already surpassed!) their first birthdays, and it's high time I acted on my good intentions.

This is a good time for me to crank out the smaller projects. Fall is just around the corner, but I'm not ready to start another sweater for myself just yet. For one thing, I'd have to choose just the right pattern and right now the possibilities are rather overwhelming. While I mull that over, I might as well knit for some of those new babies and babies-nearly-toddlers and while I'm at it put to use some of the many, many patterns I've been collecting since my own kiddies were in diapers!

Perhaps I should even make this a series of posts as I complete each project. The danger of that, of course, is knowing how easily I am distracted by other things, so committing to more than one or two at  a time might just be setting me up for failure! In any case, for now, here is Wee Sweater #1:

Pattern: Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker
Yarn: Dale of  Norway Lerke (DK weight wool/cotton blend), about 2.5 skeins
Size: 3-6 months
Made for: a little boy born to a friend of mine about a month ago...she may be reading this, so I won't divulge any names because I haven't actually gifted the sweater yet!

Daniel chose the buttons. I didn't have enough of any one suitable color in my little button box, so I dragged the kids to the craft store last week. I wanted something to brighten up the rather dull brown color, and I think these simple aqua buttons are just the thing.

I adore this pattern. It's a basic top-down raglan sweater with various options for the sleeves (I just made them straight and about elbow or 3/4 length), but something about that long buttonband down the side is completely charming.

In fact, as soon as I was done sewing buttons on this sweater yesterday, I cast on another in a larger size for one of those babies who somehow went from newborn to one year before I had a chance to knit her something!  Despite my sizable pattern stash, this time I'm sticking with what I know, I guess.


WildflowerWool said…
Very cute and I love the buttons!
Anonymous said…
I love the sweater, especially the buttons. Now I want to knit for babies, good thing I have 2 cousins due in Oct and Nov.

Dee Anna

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