FO: Grey’s Hoodie

I think 2018 might be my year of small projects. They’re just so satisfying and quick! My latest is a seed stitch hoodie for my friend’s son.
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This is the Manda Ruth cardigan, a simple top down hooded sweater for a baby. A lot of people in comments said the sizing was small but I’ve made this pattern twice (the first one was for Jacob who I made a stuffed dog for last year) and it has fit both recipients so I don’t necessarily agree with the comments. I think the color possibilities for this are endless and I love a little hoodie for kids for spring. When it’s getting a little chilly and you might not have a hat at least you’ve got a hood!
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I don’t love doing seed stitch but it’s better to do it in small sizes rather than larger ones. And since today is Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share the cutest Valentines that were sent to the dogs.
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Jacob and his sister Leah who I made the stuffed dogs for named their dogs Max and Sally and Jacob thought Max and Sally should send Cher and Jellybean Valentines! Kids are just the best. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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FO: Sister Sweaters for Homecoming

New favorite baby knit alert! I’m now jumping on the Flax sweater bandwagon. You’ve probably seen a billion of these on Ravelry and now I understand why.
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This is a Tin Can Knits sweater pattern and is in one of their free collections (go ahead and run over to Ravelry and download your pattern) and it’s a super simple top down sweater in sizes from newborn up to 4XL for adults! I asked Yuvay what kind of sweater she wanted for Homecoming for the girls this year (spoiler alert it was 80+ degrees and too warm for them to wear their sweaters so we’ll do a fall photo shoot later). I’ve kind of made it a tradition now between us that I make Maddie a sweater for homecoming every year. The first year I made this lovely varsity style sweater.
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And last year I made this adorable tiered red jacket.
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Maddie’s homecoming sweater
Yuvay was pregnant with Olivia last year, so I knew this year I’d be making two sweaters for my girls. I should also note that Yuvay’s in a sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, and their colors are red and cream. So typically I make the girls sweaters for homecoming that are in sorority colors (plus Howard’s colors are red and blue so it will always match any Howard paraphernalia too.
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So this year I asked her what she wanted me to do. She said let’s do a pullover in just cream and make them the same because apparently the only things the girls have that are the same are pajamas. Matching sister sweaters it is and it gave me a chance to try Flax. I used my standard Caron Simply Soft yarn (they’re apparently having a flash sale today if anyone is interested in getting 25% off) in cream and plugged away. What I think elevates Flax a bit more than others basic raglans is the super simple garter stitch details down the sleeves. It’s so simple and yet it adds a nice little bit of polish to a simple sweater. I can’t wait to see them both wearing them this fall.

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!
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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?