Candy Baby Cardigan

Pattern: Chunky Tweed Cardigan from Knitting for Two by Erika Knight
Yarn: Artful Yarns Candy (Sour Apple), 3 balls
Needles: US 7 & US 8 Clover circulars
Recipient: Baby Ethan

Baby Ethan, 6-month-old superstar, is the first great-grandchild in Chris' family, so they welcomed him to the club today with a small luncheon at a hotel in Rockland. I must say, it was the first party for a baby I've ever been to at a hotel, but Ethan was every bit the charming host. Anyhoo, as part of his gift, I made this cardigan, which took way longer than I planned for it. I guess in the past I've only made booties for babies, so I have in my mind that everything for them must take just a few hours to make. Not so with a cardi. This took me about a week to complete - not too long, just more than I intended to spare with exams coming up.

As for my pattern comments, the pattern was written in an economical way, much like Phildar patterns. I'm growing to like that, since I'm easily lost in long patterns. I pretty much followed the pattern as written, with a few size modifications to accommodate the Candy, which isn't quite as heavy as the suggested yarn, Summer Tweed. Oh, and I finally learned the proper way to pick up stitches in order to attach the placket, thanks to Knitter's Companion.

The book generally contains a lot of cute and creative patterns. My one beef with it: not enough clear photos of the entire garment = pain in the arse. This weakness is shared with too many slightly overdesigned knitting books these days. But other than that, I think it's worth a look.

And now, without further ado, Baby Ethan in action:

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Posted by jess at April 24, 2005 9:22 AM

I thought I'd tell you that when these pictures loaded me and my sister broke out in fits of uncontrollable cooing.

Posted by: soubriquet at April 24, 2005 3:50 AM!

Posted by: Norma at April 24, 2005 8:51 AM

Cute sweater--I finally saw this yarn in person yesterday and loved it. Sadly I think it is more appropriate for babies than grownups...

Posted by: Ashley at April 24, 2005 11:43 AM

Oh, I adore both the baby and the sweater! The Candy yarn is perfect for this project and must've been pretty fun to knit with, too, eh?

Posted by: Karma at April 24, 2005 12:59 PM

thanks! he's cute one alright.

ashley - candy is perfect for baby things, but i think in the right colorway it's a good summer yarn for grownups too. i'm actually thinking about doing a tank for myself out of it, or maybe even a lelah-like top (without the lace):

i've also heard others contemplate doing a bikini with it, if you're into knitting swimwear.

Posted by: jess at April 24, 2005 1:42 PM

That came out aDORable. As did baby Ethan. What a SMILE!

And good luck with exams. My law-school friends here are going NUTS studying for theirs this week. Thank goodness grad school comes mostly test-free!

Posted by: kristiface at April 24, 2005 2:45 PM

What an adorable baby and sweater!

Posted by: monica at April 24, 2005 5:26 PM

Oh wow - that is adorable! Good job! (I can't imagine using Summer Tweed for a baby - you made a much better choice!)

Posted by: Mary Beth at April 24, 2005 9:13 PM

good job on that sweater, jess! it looks great, and he is too cute!

Posted by: heidi at April 24, 2005 9:40 PM

Ahhwww... Cute cardi + cute guy = superextracute!

Nice work. And I agree with you on the "over design" in some books, make pictures so you see what's on them!

Posted by: Hanna at April 25, 2005 5:12 AM

Cute sweater!! I really like that book, too -- there's definitely a few fun patterns, and several quickies if I remember! :)

Posted by: Jenifer at April 25, 2005 9:32 AM

Great job on that cardigan! And is there any other word except "adorable" to describe baby Ethan in his new sweater? I don't think so!

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 25, 2005 5:29 PM

that is a really sweet photo of the baby boy in his nice new sweater. nice choice of yarn too- very cute.

Posted by: Yifaa at April 25, 2005 7:22 PM

Baby Ethan is going to be a lady killer - just look at that smile! And wearing such gorgous apparal, who can blame him!!


Posted by: Dani at April 25, 2005 9:33 PM
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