Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A Tiny Cute Sweater

Shortly after my niece, recipient of yesterday’s featured quilt, made her appearance, I purchased yarn for a cotton cardigan for her.

The project idea was inspired by a really awesome sweater that Michelle, the owner of Bloomin Yarns, made as a store sample to try to move some Sublime Organic Cotton DK (those are Ravelry links BTW).

The yarn is great. The pattern is great. I’m going to knit it again. This time around, I completely ignored the pattern’s gauge suggestions and just knit it on a yarn-appropriate needle. It’s a baby sweater. No matter what size I knit, it’ll fit the kid for a few weeks, then be too small.

It has applied I-cord the whole way around the edge. It was simple across the fronts and bottom because I was using live stitches.

For the neckline, I picked up a stitch as I went along on the applied I-cord. I’ll be interested to see if I improve with this technique when I try it again.

I made my Bear model the sweater, but it didn’t fit him right and he looked ridiculous, so this is the only modeled shot you get.

The one modification that I KNOW I’ll do the next time I knit this sweater is that I will skip the pattern instruction to slip the first stitch of every row. I wound up having to pick up for the “button bands” a half-stitch in from the edge since that was the only way to avoid a major “lettuce edge” where the button band and sweater body met.

Ellie’s Eco-Tulip
Pattern: Tulips, A Colorful Cardigan for Baby, by Lindsay Pekny/Dream in Color
Size: I used the instructions for 12-18 months, but that’s not necessarily the size I finished with
Yarn: Sublime Yarns, Organic Cotton DK
Colors: Peapod (green), Scrumble (pink), Rice Pudding (white), Borage (blue)
Quantity: I’m guessing about 60% of the skein for the green, pink and blue.
About 1.25 skeins of the white.
Source: Bloomin Yarns (pattern and yarn)
Needles: US 6 and US 4
Started: 25 July 2009
Finished: 2 August 2009
Mods: None, unless changing yarns counts as a mod.


turtlegirl76 said...

It is so cute! I love your yarn subs.

Amanda said...

I love it, too! I've always wanted to make one of these - I just haven't found the right baby, LOL. ;)

Kaye said...

This is my go-to sweater for babies. And you're right it works with any yarn!

Love your eco pastel version!

SJ said...

So adorable! The i-cord is a great finish.

I may have to have you get me one of the kits for this sweater from Bloomin one of these days ...

Jen said...

Love those yarn color names! Oh, and the sweater. :)

floribunda... aka Julie said...

too cute! think I could size it up a bit to make one for myself?

Heather said...

I have been working on the Matchy-match tulip for me and I am at the part where I am annoyed that they told me to slip the first stitch, too. Wouldn't a nice garter edge have been nicer to pick up from? But now I am going to pick up inside that stitch and it will be lovely!! yea!