I thought long and hard before I made a knitted item for the RoseRed’s little guy. He’s 8 weeks now and winter is moving along and I thought I’d better get a wriggle on if I was to get something to him that he might actually get some wear out of before the weather warms up.
I went through so many options, from the Baby Surprise Jacket to pants to heirloomy style crochet jackets. Nothing seemed quite right.
Some time ago, Amy in Rhode Island sent me some amazing Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton. It’s worsted weight and soft as a cloud. A single skein she had left over from something else. Into the stash it went.
Single skeins are great for baby items, particularly those tiny newborns. Here’s what I made. It’s a quick knit. Blink and you miss it.
It’s the Yoked Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (she of the Featherweight Cardigan). As an item on its own, un-modelled, it’s dead cute. It just screams cuddly new baby don’t you think? I thought with the short sleeves it might have some scope to be worn on chilly spring days, as well as a layering piece as winter continues.
It has all the appearance of the perfect baby cardigan. Knit top down in a nicely written pattern, it’s very easy to recommend.
Then RoseRed sent me a picture yesterday of her not-so-newborn wearing it and it was clear it wasn’t a great fit. Ok, but not great. I was disappointed.
The problem is as I suspected once I’d finished it – the neck is a gaping chasm of openness. It’s wide and lose. I had a look at other finished garments on Ravelry today and there aren’t so many shown on babies. A few shown on older children, but not so many on babies. I wonder if its the kind of pattern that fits people with shoulders better?
RoseRed says she might crochet a row or two around the opening, with some dark blue cotton to match the buttons (I ran out of my cotton). That might help.
This pattern is a rare find in that it’s written for newborn to adult. So it’s well worth the purchase given the vast array of sizes you could make. But I’ll rethink the neckline before I try it again. I had intentions of whipping one up for Alice, but I’ll look around at others first. Maybe when she’s a little bigger, with more developed shoulders.
That said, it is a fun knit and I think there’s scope for improving it. And it’s lovely to have made something for RoseRed’s little guy.