Cardis for Babies

Once upon a time a parent told me that cardigans are way easier to dress their babies in than pullovers. As an adult person I tend to be more partial to a pullover. I hate when the cardigan edges flap in the breeze when I walk. However, with babies, I can see how avoiding pulling things over the baby’s head is the preferred option.

This summer I bought some Debbie Bliss Eco Baby on Taobao (China’s Amazon.com) This cotton is great. It is soft and has great stitch definition. I intended to make a cotton tank. I bought three balls thinking that would be enough (I was aiming for more of a cropped length). Boy was I wrong. It looked more like a bralette. So I frogged it and decided on a baby sweater instead.

This was a process knit and sorry I didn’t write down the pattern. I started with a top down raglan approach. I then added the purled rows to give the bland color a layer of complexity. Last but not least, I added the adorable rose buttons. Don’t you love the bright pop of color against the neutral tone?

I love making baby items. They are quick and oh so adorable. I am estimating that this sweater is about a 6-9 month sizing. I will keep this one in the gift reserve as there are quite a number of babies popping up around work.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Roanoke

This summer, I happened upon this great cotton yarn from Morris and Sons. It is a Pima cotton, which meant it was oh so soft. Lucky for me, I found a pattern that I knew would fit it perfectly two weeks later.

Roanoke, by Triona Murphy is a lovely short sleeve bottom-up sweater. It had my usual favorite elements- simple silhouette with a intricate yoke- so of course I fell in love. The yoke was made with a 4 row repeat of eyelets and yarn overs. It looked a simple enough, but let’s just say it took 4 froggings until the pattern clicked for me. I just could not figure out how to get the twist effect just right.

This was my first time working with Morris and Sons yarn and I really liked it. The yarn was soft and had great stitch definition. It didn’t expand too much when I wet blocked it either. The color did bleed quite a bit, but all was good because I washed it separately.

I am kind of mad at myself for only buying one sweaters worth of this yarn. However, travel restrictions didn’t allow me to buy more yarn than “needed.” Lucky for me, I get to return to Australia in October for a conference. Let’s just say I might have to bring an extra suitcase.😉

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Spring Knitting

Spring begins today and it certainly feels like it in San Francisco. The weather has been mild and the sun has been peeking out more. In honor of the seasons changing I whipped up this pretty shawl for my Etsy shop using some lovely Pima cotton. A lot of knitters don’t really like knitting with cotton. Most comment about how it feels rough to work with and can make finished object loose their shape after some wear. These points are true to an extent. Cotton often doesn’t have the springiness nor smoothness that most wool yarns have. This can result in a denser fabric that doesn’t revert back to its original shape as easily. With this being said, I think there is a definite place for cotton yarn.

When creating with cotton, I enjoy knitting with Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton. There is a great variety of colors and it has a nice sheen. Ultra pima cotton is pretty soft on my fingers and has fairly great stitch definition. 

The downside of this yarn is that it does pill after some wear/washes. However, I haven’t found it to be so bad that the item is unsightly. Cotton is a great option for tops and shawls for the warmer weather. I still love my wool, but I am always open to exploring different fibers. 

What fibers do you use in the warmer months?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-