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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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!

FO: Perfect Pink Storm

This is my best friend, Jessica. She has popped up on this blog occasionally, most notably for this fun green sweater I made for her birthday and her Togue Pond tank (she also reclaimed my Boothbay cardigan and sadly it looks way cuter on her than it did on me). One of her favorite colors is pink (right now she’s on a millennial pink kick) and she loves rose gold and she has pink highlights right now, so when I saw the Patons Metallic yarn in Burnished Rose Gold I knew I needed to pick it up for her. Then I saw the Baldric pattern and I knew it was a perfect casual silhouette for her and I knew that yarn and that pattern would work together beautifully.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Sometimes you find the perfect yarn for the perfect pattern for the perfect person and that’s how I ended up with the Perfect Pink Storm.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Jess has a relaxed, boho style that always has an extra little twist or detail to it. When I saw this sweater pop up on Instagram I knew I was going to make it for her because she’d like the relaxed feel but I knew it needed special yarn to make it pop. Although the neckline and edges aren’t ‘finished’ with any special bind-off or ribbing it still has a fun detail on the sides and on the arms.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Each sleeve has the same detail as on the side but in different places on the arms. It gives it a little interest and I like it.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
It has a nice relaxed fit and shape and I didn’t make the sleeves super long because I still wanted it to have a bit of polish so she could wear it to work and stack it up with jewelry. I really love this piece and it even makes me consider making one for myself! Added bonus, it’s knit up on bigger needles so it won’t take you long to finish it.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
The only sad note about this piece…the yarn color is discontinued. But go to their website (I linked to it up top) and grab some of the colors while they’re still on clearance! You can get this yarn for a steal.