Baby’s First Cashmere (blend)

One week ago tonight, DH’s brother and his wife had their first child — also my first niece!

Nola
Nola Irene, 7 Aug 2007 23:29:30, 7lb 1 oz, 20.25″
pic taken by DH on his cell phone

She is the cutest thing (as all babies seem to be)! I feel very proud and lucky to be one of her aunts!

I just so happened to finish up one last pre-birth baby knit for her by knitting furiously the night before (I still haven’t given this to her mom though! later this week).

February baby sweater
EZ’s “February” Baby Sweater / Baby Sweater on Two Needles

I love this pattern but for some reason it took me forever to knit.

February sweater
RYC Cashsoft Baby DK in 809
they call it “blue boy” but I think it looks almost purple — very periwinkle

The stats :

Pattern:

Baby Sweater on Two Needles, Elizabeth Zimmerman. Published in Knitters Almanac

Size:

looking at my niece now, I’m guessing 6-9 mos.

Yarn:

RYC Cashsoft Baby DK in 809 (Blue Boy), 1.5 balls

Needles:

US5 Clover bamboo circular and US5 INOX metal dpns

Started-Finished:

July 2007 – August 2007, in fits and starts.

Mods:

The biggest deviation from the pattern is that I did not work the sleeves flat and I did not work them before knitting the full body of the sweater. Instead I slipped the sleeve stitches to waste yarn, cast on 7 additional stitches at the armpits and finished the body. Then I went back, picked up the armpit stitches and a few extras and the stitches on waste yarn, and knit the sleeves in the round. I also started the buttonholes near the top and only put 3 of them in (I still have issues with buttons on kids stuff, but I put them on anyway).

The sweater looks strange in these pictures because it was only half-blocked and still damp. It’s even and not all curvy like it looks. Not that it will matter much once it is on the wriggly baby!

It’s a very cute, fast pattern. Work it in a fingering weight yarn, get a smaller sweater. Work it in a DK weight yarn or a worsted weight yarn, make it larger. Add a couple of repeats, remove a couple. Work a stockinette yoke instead of a garter yoke. It’s completely flexible, very cute, and I almost wish I had knit it in white.

Hey: I suppose I can always knit another!

12 Comments so far

  1. Ashley on August 14th, 2007

    Adorable–niece AND sweater!

    My friend’s baby was just born 2 months prematurely, and I was pondering knitting another FebSwea in fingering weight wool. I wonder just how much smaller you could make it before the proportions started getting all wonky? Hmm…

  2. Jess on August 14th, 2007

    Oh gosh, so cute! Both the baby and the sweater. I’ve definitely got to add that one to my to-knit list, it’d be perfect for the 98234 people I know who are pregnant with or have just had little girls.

  3. Julie on August 15th, 2007

    Sweet on both counts! Congratulations on the new little member of the family.

  4. Deb on August 15th, 2007

    Your niece is adorable, as is her sweater. Welcome to aunt-hood; it doesn’t get much better than this!

  5. stacey on August 15th, 2007

    awww – so cute!!!! nice sweater – like that the color isn’t overly “girly”… :)

  6. Deneen on August 15th, 2007

    Congrats-she’s adorable (as is the sweater)

  7. gleek on August 15th, 2007

    cute sweater and baby!

  8. Liz on August 15th, 2007

    So cute- both the baby and the sweater! She’s lucky to have such a talented aunt.

  9. Kara on August 15th, 2007

    Yay! Being an auntie is the best!

    Baby and sweater are just darling.

  10. Vera on August 15th, 2007

    Congrats on your new niece. What a little sweetheart.

    She’ll look great in that beautiful sweater.

  11. Marlena on August 16th, 2007

    I was also surprised by how long it took me to finish a two needle baby sweater. Yours is very adorable! But your niece still wins the cute contest, of course.

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