After I finished the jacket I made for my nephew Willem, I had plenty of the Cascade 220 left over and I knew I wanted to make something for Alice out of what was left. This way they could be matching cousins.
The choice of what to make was simple when I found this little pattern on Ravelry a few weeks ago – it’s called In Thees: A Baby Cardigan and it came together in about five days. Too, too simple.
When I first started it, I thought ‘oh this is just a simple little piece. It won’t be anything special, just a run around garment’ but something happened once it came off the needles. It seemed so much lovelier than I imagined. Something about the stripes, and the way it sat. I laid it out on my lap and thought, this is a good piece of clothing. This is something that will really be an Alice item. I can’t explain. It’s just Alice. Her parents’ reaction to it backed up how I felt and when I sent a picture to her Aunty Adele the response was the same. This was a lovely little toddler cardigan and so very Alice.
She modelled it for me today while simultaneously wandering around the house and yard and looking sad. Alice has been a little under the weather this week and very clingy and teary. She’s all about snuggles and upside down facial expressions. You can see it in this photo. A little bit of a sad face.
There really isn’t that much to say about this cardigan except that it’s stunningly simple and effective. One to two skeins of worsted weight wool, 5mm needles, a few days’ worth of knitting and you’re done. I love the little wooden love heart buttons. They work so well.
I made the little dress under the cardigan too. It’s the same little dress pattern I’ve been using since last year – the Lizzy Pinny – just upsized because she’s grown. It’s some nice blue corduroy, lined with pale blue flannel for extra warmth. Paired with the cardigan it worked like a charm, as if I’d made them to go together, which I didn’t. I made them in the same week but didn’t know they’d work so well until we dressed her this morning.
Sometimes, it all just comes together perfectly. I’m already lining up another one!