finished objects: baby sweaters!

I don’t think Katie or Sarah reads my blog, so I will post pics of their baby gifts!

These are both from the Simple Baby Cardi pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple, although I made a couple of modifications:

* My sleeves were coming out strangely pointy, so I reduced the frequency of the decrease rows.

* I forgot to start with the collar or hood on the red one, so I had to go back and pick up stitches to add one. I like the result better than the collar that’s written, though, so I think I’d do that again next time. For comparison, the red sweater is the picked-up added collar and the blue and brown sweater has the regular one.

* I added snaps (functional) and buttons (for looks) instead of the knitted ties that it calls for. I can’t quite imagine wanting to tie it together every time I put it on a kid, plus, since these are 9-12 month size, I’m guessing that the babies will be old enough to untie things all the time. Incidentally, these are much bigger than I expected. 9-12 months…well, suffice it to say that the red one fit Mary when I tried it on her before  I added sleeves. I hope that means that the babes will get plenty of use out of them.

This one is for Sarah’s baby (we don’t know whether it’s a girl or a boy, so I went with red, which I think is cute on either!):

Somewhat wonky photo (it hangs a bit better in real life, but what it really needs is a baby inside to make it cuter).

Here’s the afterthought collar. I like how it stands out a bit from the body of the sweater.

And here’s baby Lola’s:

Collar:

Raglan shaping!

Here they are, ready to go meet their new owners!

These were really fun to knit–easy, but still interesting to me because I’d never done raglan shaping. I need to work on my snap-and-button-sewing skills, though. I don’t know how people make them look so neat. They’re all hidden by the buttons, so it’s not too big a deal, but I’d like to figure it out.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Aunt Bev on May 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Heather, those sweaters are so neat. You did a great job. I like your collar better. Are the patterns easy? I’m into scrubbies now but want to get back to kniting baby things, booties, afghans etc. You did a great job.

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  2. Posted by academama on May 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Aunt Bev, it’s very easy. The pattern is at http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/babycardi.html

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  3. Posted by Janie Gall on May 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Beautiful, someone is blessed to have you as there friend with these beautiful homemade gifts. Nice job Heather

    Reply

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