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:
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.