FO: More Baby Gifts

I told ya’ll, November was about baby gifts. And I’ve got two more finished baby gifts fresh off my needles!
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First up, let’s talk about the Wee Sherlock cardigan.
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I haven’t made this one in a while and I forgot how much I love this pattern. And my girlfriend told me she liked this particular pattern because it was easy to put on a newborn and didn’t get caught under their neck rolls LOL.
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And I also decided to give a dress, and I made the Autumn Frock pattern, which I haven’t made in a while (note, the pattern does have a minor errata at the neckline that they haven’t updated, fyi if you knit it). I knit both pieces with Caron yarn but added in Red Heart Gumdrop yarn for the dress. The sweater is with Caron Simply Soft and the dress uses Caron Simply soft for the edgings and Red Heart Gum Drop in orange.
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But why is my favorite part of any cardigan picking the buttons? My button stash runs deep and I went with coordinating buttons for this piece. I can’t wait to see baby Abigail in her new knits! And I’ve already got another baby item on my needles as we speak! Baby knitting month continues. Any other great baby patterns out there that you love?

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Always Teaching

Since I’ve started teaching this fall I’ve had a much more flexible schedule. My busiest days of the week are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so my Thursdays and Fridays are usually fairly low key. I grade papers and prep for the week but over the last two months I’ve had the opportunity to hang out with my Mom. Her friend Ann told me she wanted to knit a sweater for her grandson like all of the little ones I make. She already knew how to knit and purl but didn’t know how to read a pattern or gauge so I invited Ann and my Mom to come over for knitting lunch on Thursdays. It’s been fun and hilarious. My Mom does not knit but she’s always good company and over the last two months I’ve helped Ann manage the Child Sophisticate sweater and the final results are in!
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We opted out of the shawl collar for now, I didn’t think she was ready to learn about wrap and turn. I challenged her enough with knitting on double points for those little sleeves. But I was so proud of what she was able to make for her grandson, Lucas! Her son is in a fraternity and the colors are purple and gold and she wanted his son to have a sweater to match his fraternity sweater. It’s so adorable, I can’t wait to see the pics when he wears it! In other project news…
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I’ve been only working on this great brioche hat pattern, Liebelle, on my commute. I love the crazy combination of colors I’ve picked and adore the pattern BUT I don’t know if it will fit with my new wild hair! LOL I’ve just been kind of letting my hair grow and it’s like a wild pompadour, so we shall see if I end up giving this one away and making myself something bigger.
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And just to end this post on a cute note…we are in full on sweater season in my house. Jellybean is cozy as can be. Look at that little leg popped up. I adore her. Have a great weekend!

FO: Toddler Cardigans for Two

I told myself this month I was going to do a lot of baby knits. Whenever I have repeat presenters to my courses I knit them something and two of them have children, so I knew I was going to knit this toddler cardigan for Cait’s 18 month old, Graham. And my friend’s little boy Eli is 3 days younger than Graham and I promised her he’d get a new sweater. Add on another presenter has a newborn and one of my favorite people just had her second daughter (you will remember her first daughter and dog in matching sweaters) and I’m itching to make coordinating knits for the trio. But first up, the toddler sweaters I just finished! Let’s start with Graham’s in a glorious green.
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Both sweaters were made using the Child Sophisticate Pattern (I’ve made so many of these) using Caron Simply Soft yarn. For Graham’s I went with their cool green color since he’s got light blonde hair and blue eyes. I thought it would go great with his complexion (it did). I knit both in the 18 month size and his fit perfectly!
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I went with rainbow buttons for a bit of fun with such a bright and vivid green. I love the Simply Soft yarn because it washes and dries beautifully and is so soft. For Eli’s sweater I told his mom Leah she could send me some inspiration.
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She sent me a link to this Baby Gap cardigan and I pulled through my stash of Simply Soft and this is what I was able to create.
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Pretty good, right? I love when inspiration turns into such a great piece of knitting.
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I didn’t get to see it on him but Eli’s about the same size as Graham so I’m not worried about fit. And for the buttons I mixed up the blues and greys I had in my stash for a fun mix. I can’t wait to see this one on him too. I love making knits for kids, they’re just too cute.