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FO: A T-Shirt Made Of Rainbows

FO: A T-Shirt Made Of Rainbows

On Wednesday I was having a rather difficult time of things. I’d had a really positive hospital appointment the previous day and been out for a bite to eat with Mr Awesome and the other prospective parents in our small ante-natal class the evening before, 

WIP: Snuggly Bums

WIP: Snuggly Bums

When planning for the Perfect Stripes Cardigan I decided to buy extra yarn in the same shades to make a matching pair of bottoms, without the stripes but detailed in the same colours. As I had picked up a copy of Debbie Bliss’s Ultimate Book Of Baby 

FO: Perfect Stripes Cardigan

FO: Perfect Stripes Cardigan

As charming as it is simple, the Striped Cardigan pattern from Debbie Bliss’s book The Ultimate Book Of Baby Knits is sure to become a little wardrobe staple for as long as baby remains small enough to enjoy its warmth and comfort. Knit in smooth Drops Baby Merino, the finished piece feels and looks smart and yet comfortable.I deviated from the pattern slightly, not in design but in technique. One thing does strike me about a number of the patterns from Debbie Bliss’s book, and that’s where there is a possibility of a seam, you are likely to find one. In larger garments a well-placed seam can give a bit of added stability and structure to a piece of knitting and can help with shape retention, but on knits so small where even a seam of a single stitch can proportionally represent so much bulk, I have been eliminating them where I have been able.
In accordance with this I knit the cardigan in one piece up to the arm holes. If I had thought ahead I would have attempted to have incorporated the sleeves by setting them in with sleeve cap as I worked, but by then I would have had to have re-written the entirety of the pattern, which when I started this (quite a long time ago, knitting fact fans) was probably beyond my brain capacity. If I were to start it again now I would likely approach it differently; as you can see from the picture above, on such a delicate knit even the single stitch seam represents a fair amount of bulk (and this is on the 6-9 month size – this would appear to be even greater, proportionally, on a smaller, newborn or premature sized garment.
Another area where I eliminated the seaming as given in the pattern was at the shoulders. As there is no shoulder shaping involved these were simply grafted together, in keeping with the stripe sequence to give a completely smooth finish.

As it will likely be a while before the Eskimini ever gets to wear this (as I am trying to spread my baby knits over a range of sizes) I think I might make a pair of bottoms out of the remaining yarn, to keep cute little baby bums warm and snug, using the colours but eliminating the stripes, so that will be the next thing on the needles!

Pattern: Striped Cardigan by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Drops Baby Merino in shades Navy and Ice Blue
Size made: 6-9 months

FO: Tiny Tank Top

FO: Tiny Tank Top

It has long been an amusement to my husband that I just adore a tank top (or Sweater Vest if you are from the US or various other places that we in the UK seem to have cross-terminology with). I love to wear them myself 

FO: Bumpy Baby Jumper

FO: Bumpy Baby Jumper

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 

WIP: Striped Baby Cardigan

WIP: Striped Baby Cardigan

Thank you so much for all the well wishes yesterday; here on the website, on Facebook,  and on Twitter. It has been a wonderful feeling to look forward to making things, however small and slow the progress has seemed, but maybe sometimes the best things are worked on slowly and appreciated, when finally you stumble over the finishing line and can look back on the challenge and final achievement.

Looking for another simple knit, I have decided to knit the Debbie Bliss Striped Cardigan for the Eskimini. I have decided to go with two shades of blue Drops Baby Merino (Ice Blue and Navy) to give a bit of impact to the simple 2 row stripes.

The pattern gives the body of the cardigan in three pieces, but I have made a small modification to knit the body in a single piece up until the divide for the armholes, both to omit any unnecessary bulk from seams around small bodies, but also because I am lazy, and the fewer ends I have to weave in, the better. I have also grafted the top of the shoulders instead of binding off and seaming them, as given in the pattern (again, for reduced bulk and hopefully additional comfort).

The instructions for the sleeves also has them knitted flat and seamed, however these again I have knit in the round until the bound off stitches for the underarms and sleeve cap shaping start. Hopefully I have saved just a little bit of bulk on quite a small and delicate knit, and rid myself of a few potential ends.

The only other very minor change I have made is to omit the contrast edge to the button bands and hem/cuff/neck edges. Partly this was done to do away with the need for another colour change that would have required further ends to be woven in, but also because I prefer the cleaner look of the solid coloured ribbing as enough contrast is given by the buttons (which I happened to find in my button stash and which compliment the lighter blue yarn just perfectly – I knew the millions of hoarded buttons I have would come in useful one day!)
It’s taken a few weeks to get to this stage of the cardigan, but I have just cast off the first of two sleeves and if I continue to feel a bit better as I have done these last few days, hopefully it will not be too long until this stripy little treasure is finished.

Pattern: Striped Cardigan by Debbie Bliss.
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Baby Merino in shades Navy and Ice Blue.
Size: 6-9 Months.