FO: Fall Cardigan for Eli

In between learning two color brioche and finishing a sweater for my Mom, I was able to whip up a cardigan for my girlfriend Leah’s little boy Eli.
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Eli is only 4 months old but you may remember the blanket and baby whale I made for him in June. I decided since fall was coming I wanted to make him a cardigan. I pulled out my trusty Baby Sophisticate pattern and a ball of Harvest Red Caron Simply Soft (Mom requested the color red) and got to working.
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On Instagram, in my stories (I post a lot of pics to my stories) I took a poll for which buttons I should sew onto the cardigan when I was finished. By the time I was done the vote was 50-50! So I went with the cars since I’ve done mustaches before. And the only alterations I made to the pattern was that I did a ribbed bottom and ribbed cuffs this time around. Eli is only 4 months old but I made the 6 month size hoping he’ll grow into it and thought having ribbed cuffs would make it easier to roll up. I didn’t get to put the cardigan on him while I was with him this weekend.
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We were too busy trying to convince him to eat cereal, which he gobbled up like a champ. I am working on a couple of other kid garments right now, so I’m sure that will be what I’m sharing for the next month. Right now I’m making matching cream colored Flax sweaters for Maddie and her little sister. They’re quick knits and they look so polished and cute in tiny sizes. I like the garter stitch running down the arm. And Flax is a free pattern worked in worsted weight and is super easy for a first time sweater if you’re a little nervous about sweater knitting!
Maddie’s sweater
Also this is why I never sell what I knit. It’s always covered in dog hair. LOL Cher plopped down on the Flax sweater and let me know it was time to stop knitting and start petting. Beanie also prefers to use my balls of yarn as headrests. And I’m totally okay with both. LOL So what are you working on right now?

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Brioche Baby

I’m really glad I took a brioche knitting class at my local yarn shop. I tried to learn via YouTube and was doing it wrong and wasn’t getting the results I should. After one (of two) classes I’m here.
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Now, I am just learning so there are mistakes. I’ve pointed them out for you here.
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But what I didn’t highlight was the huge mistake I made because I was able to frog it back several rows AND FIX IT!! My husband heard me say out loud to myself, “If I can fix this I’m an f-ing boss,” and he laughed a lot. But with as complex as it looks, it’s a bit tricky to fix mistakes in brioche so I was happy when I was able to do it so smoothly….then just a few rows later I made another mistake I didn’t see until I was too far up and didn’t feel like ripping back again. Again, this is all about practice.
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I mean look at this yummy two sided fabric it makes! It’s super squishy and the fact that I can use two colors makes me happy. But I definitely needed someone to guide me at first in making this. And now I have the confidence to make the Pommier Vest for my Mom and/or sisters.
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I’ve also learned that Jellybean is an excellent yarn holder.
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She diligently kept watch over the two skeins while we snuggled on the couch. And if this doesn’t become a scarf, this huge swatch just might be a tiny blanket that’s Jellybean sized. Have any of you guys tried two color brioche? Any tips or tricks you want to share?

FO: For the Birthday Lady

My Mom isn’t subtle about what she wants me to knit for her. If she sees something I’ve made and she likes it she’ll tell me she wants it and I prefer it that way. I don’t have to guess or worry if she’ll like a piece that I’ve made because I know she wants it! Two sweaters I knew were on her list were my Louise Top Down and my Cala Luna. Since it was her birthday I decided to try to whip up a Louise Top Down for her birthday on the 9th. I finished this on the 8th just in time.
Tri-color cardigan for Mom
I had some Cascade 220 Superwash in my stash, one from my failed Flaum cardigan (still haven’t frogged it) and leftovers from my husband’s Sawyer sweater. My mom loves blue, so I thought well the body will be the camel neutral like my version and I can use the teal for the button band and bottom ribbing but what about the pop color for the cuffs?
Tri-color cardigan for Mom
I ordered a single skein of Cascade 220 Superwash in Coral and knew that would be the perfect compliment to the blue and the camel. I was right. I also forgot I had see through coral buttons that would be perfect for this one (I originally picked them up to go with my Cracked Pepper sweater but found those crazy big buttons instead). They aren’t too bold but compliment the sweater and the cuffs perfectly. It all kind of just came together and helped me whittle down my stash a bit! And the fit of the sweater?
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I got it spot on. I told my Mom last week I was making her a sweater and when she came by my house I had her try it on just to make sure it was the right size since I had just separated for sleeves. Once I knew it was the right fit, I was happy to plug away and made it just in time for dinner with her on her birthday. She’s happy and looks super cute and that makes me happy!