I loved the Drops Designs McDreamy Baby Jumper from the first time I saw it. It looked to be a sturdy and yet soft jumper, with all those little things I had been looking for in an early sweater for Mr Bump: a buttoned shoulder opening, nice length and a bit of detail beyond the plain.
Because my time spent knitting has been so reduced due to the problems I have had during pregnancy, I wanted to try to spread the few things I thought I might be able to make a start on throughout baby’s first year, therefore I knit the 6-9 months size of this pattern in the hope that he would not be out of those few precious hand knits within the first few weeks.
Knitting this sweater felt relatively straightforward, though there are many comments attached to other projects on the associated Ravelry listing where knitters found the pattern difficult to follow or interpret. It may be down to how individuals interpret instructions, or where knitting experience may allow a knitter to make certain assumptions around instructions, but much of the confusion appears to be around the point of the instruction where the knitting of the body of the jumper in the round transitions to knitting back and forth to begin the raglan shaping, which is worked flat to allow for the button placket at the shoulder.
I knit the pattern pretty much as per the pattern instructions, with the small modification of leaving the underarm stitches held live to knit from (rather than binding off and picking up stitches on the bound off edge, which I did to reduce underarm bulk in seaming). The only other change I made to the pattern as written was to omit the doubled-over neck edge, to produce a less bulky finish to the neck edge.
Little Mr Bump’s first handmade sweater is now packed safely away in the drawers of the nursery (which is slowly coming together) , and I can’t wait until he gets to wear his first hand knits!
Pattern: McDreamy Jumper by Drops.
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Baby Merino in shade Lavender.
Size: 6-9 Months.