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.
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.
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.
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?


FO: Dapper Dudes

I love being able to knit, especially for babies. Last Friday night I decided to whip up a cardigan for our friend’s 4 month old baby boy because they were coming over on Sunday. I had a busy weekend but managed to fit in enough time to whip up this Dapper Dude cardigan.
Dapper sweater
I used my trusted and favorite baby cardigan, Baby & Child Sophisticate. I’ve made five cardigans from this pattern this year alone and they’re all so incredibly different.
You can add whatever buttons, shawl collar, basic collar, change it to a ribbed collar if you want. And don’t even get me started on the color combinations. Again, if you’re looking for a really awesome and easy to follow pattern this one is worth the $6.50 – I promise.
Dapper sweater
For this option since I knew I was making it for an adorable and very brown little boy I decided to go with a deep forest green color in the Caron Simply Soft yarn. And when I was going through my button stash I remembered I randomly picked up these mustache buttons on Etsy and I felt like they just made this look like a cardigan made for a dapper gentleman, right?
Dapper sweater
I made this in the 6 months size so he’d be able to wear it all winter and when we tried it on it was a nice fit with room to grow. He’s so stinking cute in it. And that’s why I love knitting things for babies, the cuteness level is just off the charts.

I’ve got a busy weekend but hoping to fit in some knitting, what are your plans?

FO: Small Things

It feels like when I went on vacation the seasons decided to shift and it has been fall since I returned. It has been insanely dreary and grey outside and my office is freezing! It’s time to pull my cardigans out of storage in the basement (I pack them away in bins with lavender scented cedar wood blocks – smells heavenly when you open up the bin). And I need to get back into high gear and finish off my Flaum cardigan that I put on the back burner for just a short bit. I did realize that I had lots of little things to share that I’ve finished lately.
Salina's hat
I mentioned I made my girlfriend Salina a hat and brought it with me to New Orleans. I whipped up the Dreiecke hat in a stashed skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Spectrum. She loves blues, purples and greens and I thought this was the perfect single skein to make a slouchy hat for her. The yarn is super dreamy, it’s a blend of wool, cashmere and silk so it’s light but still has warmth. I love this hat pattern and intend on making it in a solid color for myself so you can actually see the triangle pattern on it.
I also whipped up some custom hoodies for the dogs. Over the summer I bought a Silhouette Cameo 2 (the link is to the 3 – the new wireless bluetooth version), a DIY cutting machine that does a lot. I’ve also had an old school t shirt press for at least 10 years. So when the plain hoodies arrived I decided they needed a little embellishment and in about 20 minutes my idea was a reality. My husband of course thinks I’m silly and over the top but I like to give each dog their own signature color. It makes it easier to identify what belongs to which dog and my husband won’t attempt to put an XS on Cher when it’s meant for Jelly’s tiny butt.
Jaxon in his sweater
And an even cuter tiny thing to share – my girlfriend sent me a picture of her son Jaxon in the Cowboys themed sweater I knit him. When you’re knitting something for a baby before it has been born you marvel at how small it is and question if it could really fit someone and then it does! My favorite thing about giving a knit away is getting back a picture of someone wearing it. Fills me up with such joy.

Friday is my GRE day so cross your fingers for me and wish me luck, please! It’s step one in my quest to be a PhD student!!