Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Very Baby Yarn Along

{Yarning Along with Ginny this week. Won't you join us?}

It's so nice to be back in this space talking about knitting! After the wasteland that has been the last 2 weeks with sick kids, I'm thankful to be able to get back to some creative work.

I finished up 2 projects last week, both for Ellie. I didn't realize it until I went to link the patterns, but these are both patterns. I have really enjoyed the patterns I've knit from this line. The patterns are well written and I love that the designer offers one size for free of each pattern and then spreads the love by offering a different size for free each time, so it's not always the newborn size. After knitting the free version of Vertebrae I bought the pattern for the 3 month-24 month version because I really love the way this wears for my daughter and I've now knit 4 or 5 in a variety of sizes, some for my daughter, some as gifts.


This first finished knit is a Baby Vertebrae in the 12-18 month size with a little added length in the body and arms. Ellie has longer arms than most baby patterns call for (I have a similar issue with sweaters for my own size) so I've taken to adding an extra inch or so for her cardigans.

As usual I just got around to weaving the ends in over this past weekend and it has yet to block. I'm hoping for a warmish day sometime soon for photos of her wearing it in decent light, but seeing as how it is snowing at the moment (crazy weird for this time of year here) it may be a little while.

This one is called Little Scapulae, also from I knit this little shrug to go with Ellie's pink Easter dress. I'm hoping to go on a button hunt on Friday or Saturday for the 3 little buttons I need for this cardi. I also have a nice mess of ends to weave. I'm not sure why I always put off the ends weaving since they truly take a very short time and it really isn't very difficult, but I always do. This is a super easy super quick knit. About the time you think you're really getting going you start on the 1x1 ribbing and then you're binding off and then on to the ribbing for the sleeves, the collar and then button bands which are all so quick it's almost silly.

The current knit is a February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I've knit a few of these in the past as well and this one is going to the niece we will welcome in May/June. I'm about 2 inches from the end of the body and then it will be time to jump to the sleeves. The lace work on this particular pattern is really simple to memorize and knits up really fast. I'm using Cascade Superwash, one of my favorite yarns for a baby gift. After all, who wants to give a new mother more work to do?

I'm trying to stay ahead of Ellie's growth and get started on her next cardigan, but still trying to decide what to make for her next. I really like the idea of stripes or a bit of color work for a bit of a change from all the solids I've been working with lately. Any suggestions?


  1. no ideas but stripes will be lovely! Glad everyone is feeling better, just in time for spring. lovely projects you have in the photos!

  2. I love the color of the Feb Baby! And I agree stripes will be fun.

  3. Those little cardi's look so cute.
    Stripes are fun, but mean more ends to sew in!!

  4. Hahaha Emma, that is true!!! Maybe I need to re-think my stripey future. I'd be able to knit it in like 2 weeks, but then it might sit without those ends woven for 3 months.

  5. I love Kelly Booker's kids' patterns, too!

    I made my niece her All Seasons Cardy and loved how it came out.

  6. Wow, your Feb sweater is going to be gorgeous, love that purple. And I love the Vertebrae pattern, what a good idea! I'm loving doing a bit of Fair Isle myself these days - even just adding a chest band can jazz things up :)

  7. Thanks for sharing the pics of your projects! You did a beautiful job :)

  8. I am finishing this little cardigan for my daughter:
    I really enjoyed it (it's free!)

  9. I'm glad your kiddos are feeling better - and all of your projects are beautiful! I love that Little Scapulae.


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