At the very beginning of stay at home orders, my cousin Ari had her first child. The cutest baby boy named August. We live about 30 minutes away from each other but I hadn’t visited because of fears of COVID-19 and a newborn baby. Well, the other weekend I finally had a socially distanced visit with him so I could deliver a pile of hand knits. He is definitely one of the brightest spots of 2020 and when I first saw him on their front porch he gave me the gummiest grin.
A while ago I ordered some Lion Brand Wool-Ease hand dyed in the mint julep colorway when it went on sale. I didn’t know who it was for or what it would become but I liked the color and thought it would be great to make something for a baby with because you can throw it in the washer and dryer. And then I forgot about it amongst all the yarn slowly taking over my craft room. While searching for something else I pulled out this yarn and was inspired to make matching sweaters for August and his Mom. I had initially started a baby blanket for him at the beginning of the year but was uninspired by the color palette and get so bored knitting baby blankets. Matching sweaters are much more my speed.
I wanted a simple pattern to show off the yarn and I wanted it in baby and adult sizes, so I searched Ravelry and found the Southwood sweater pattern. It’s a simple top down raglan with ease built into it and my cousin loves an oversized sweater, so I made one for her and one for August. This pattern didn’t have short row shaping to raise the back neckline, so I decided to embroider a little heart at the back of the neck on both sweaters so they would know the front from the back.
It’s also just a sweet little detail to add to a hand knit gift. I also didn’t want her husband to be left out so I pulled the blue-green color out of the yarn and used a skein of Berroco Vintage in Gingham and made father and son Barley hats.
I like this hat pattern because of the garter stitch panel that breaks up all the stockinette and adds a little texture and interest. I thought this was a fun way to have the family match and my cousin even said she hadn’t thought about matching with August because he’s a boy and now she couldn’t wait to wear their matching sweaters. I can’t wait to get pics of them in their matching knits this fall.