Monday, January 20, 2014
FO: In Threes Baby Cardigan
Pattern: in threes: a baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich
Yarn: Malabrigo Rio in Natural colour
Needle Size: US 8 (5 mm)
Modifications: I slipped the first stitch for a better selvedge edge at the beginning of each row and I added a 1/2" to the body length at the newborn size.
Comments: A lot of Ravellers commented that the cardigan was knitting up too large so I chose to knit the smallest size (newborn). I haven't got any babies to compare it to, but it looks baby sized to me. Maybe 9-12 months size?
The pattern designer mentions that you can knit this from one skein, and had I knit it as written without adding to the length, that would have been the case. The first skein ended two rows before the bind off.
The pregnant parents are both surfers - in fact she's a sponsored Chick Sticks surfer - so I wanted some buttons that evoked their love of the water. These little translucent resin fish were the best I could do; super cute, huh? Gavin remarked that I had to be careful about making sure they were affixed securely - after all they'd be a choking hazard otherwise - so for the yarn that feeds through the button hole, I tripled knotted it at the back behind each button and then wove in the ends. Is there a standard procedure for this? How do you secure buttons on baby outfits?
It's a very cute and easy pattern. If I did it again, I'd stick with the smallest size and maybe even go down a needle size to make it just a titch smaller still. I'd also consider omitting the garter stitch detail below the armholes, as I don't think it adds anything.
Of course, using a second skein to knit the last two rows and the bind off leaves me with just less than a skein leftover. I wonder if I can sneak a Pembroke vest at newborn size out of that? Especially if I make the smallest size modified to be a bit shorter and smaller! I'm going to try!