I had the patterns all picked out before I went to California, with the intention of shopping for the yarn while I was there - I wanted to be able to see it in person and make sure it was soft enough for a new baby's skin. Debby and I went to Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove, and I squeezed many skeins of yarn before choosing everything for the hat and cardigan. I knew I wanted a blue for the sweater, as CC had mentioned she loved blue (but not a pastel blue), and Debby ended up finding the perfect color...we bought the last three skeins of it, and while I was pretty confident I could knit the sweater with only one skein, she promised to send me some extra yarn if I ran out. Luckily, I didn't need that, mostly because I knitted the 0 - 3 month size.
Here's the sweater:
Blue yarn is Madelinetosh Sport in Artic colorway, red yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina in Tart colorway (I had this in my stash already). Pattern is Noah Baby Cardigan.
I learned a lot by knitting this cardigan - it was knit in pieces and seamed together, so that was a new experience for me. I usually weave in my ends as I knit, but life would have been easier had I not done that with this sweater, as it made seaming a bit more challenging. Rookie mistake - didn't hurt the sweater; just made me work harder when I seamed it together.
I also learned how to do a crocheted edge - I really wanted the deep red edging to make the sweater pop (and I loved how it looked with the deep red buttons), and while the designer recommended doing a knitted edge, I couldn't make that work, so I watched a couple of You Tube tutorials on crocheting an edge, and got the hang of it pretty quickly. I loved the v-neck of the sweater for a baby boy, and while I didn't plan on having it match the sock monkey hat, I think it goes together really well.
Speaking of the hat - oh man, it was just so darn cute! I found the pattern and fell in love. Couldn't wait to get started with knitting it, and once I did, I finished it in just a few hours - it took me longer to get to the store to buy the buttons for the eyes than it did to knit the hat! Every time I finished a step, I couldn't resist taking a photo:
After I sewed on the button eyes, I decided they were a little too close together, so I removed them and spaced them out a little bit more.
And here's the finished product:
Yarn is Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted in Brushed Silver, Red Poppy, and Vanilla colorways; pattern is Knitted Sock Monkey Hat.
Knitting for babies is so fun. It goes fairly fast just because the items are so small, but boy howdy do they pack a big punch in cuteness. I really enjoyed knitting these items, and I can't wait to see baby Mason wearing them soon!
Have a great weekend - we have 10 miles on tap for tomorrow!