When I found out my daughter was pregnant for the second time I knew I wanted to knit a cute little baby sweater. Baby knits are just the cutest. Everything is cuter when it's tiny, right?!?
After much debate, I settled on the Baby Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk. At the time I didn't know the sex of the baby and I wanted something that could work for either. The Baby Vertebrae is a simple open front cardigan that is perfect for a boy or a girl. There is a free pattern available if you just want to knit the newborn size but I purchased the multi-size pattern.
Now that I had chosen a pattern, then came the yarn. This took me much longer. I knew I wanted something seriously soft and was considering several skeins already in my stash but those skeins had actually already been allocated to other projects and I wasn't sure I wanted to give them up. (yes, I'm greedy when it comes to yarn) I, at last, decided to purchase a skein of Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the gorgeous color Copper Pink. Actually, what pushed me over the edge is this same color was on my Fibreshare partner's wishlist and while shopping for her I just knew this would be a perfect color choice for a little baby girl. (which I now knew she was) So I added two skeins to my cart and anxiously awaited their arrival (both the yarn and the baby).
I cast on March 17th just after Norah Kate's arrival and hoped to finish it quickly but it took me until May 15th to finish this sweet little knit. Not because of anything to do with the pattern. You could certainly whip up this little sweater in no time. No, the truth is I lost a little of my knitting mojo and well, life with a new baby can get pretty hectic even when it's a grandbaby and you're only on part-time Nana duty.
But if you're looking for a simple easy knit for a baby I highly recommend Kelly's pattern. The paid for pattern has instructions for size newborn - 2 years and 3 yarn weights. So it's very versatile. The pattern is very well written and easy to understand even for this novice with only one other cardigan under her belt. So if you are a beginner garment knitter or never even knit a garment before I think this would be a great first pattern.
And if you need a yarn recommendation for this sweet little knit I highly recommend Madeline Tosh. If you don't already know I am a MadTosh fan. I especially love the Tosh Merino Light base. It's just so light and fluffy and a dream to knit with. And Amy is really nice and ships super fast too.
Oh, and in case you were wondering about the name - Kinp for Norah...kinp is how my granddaughter says pink so I just had to call it that. Ha ha ha
Now, let's just hope for a cool day so Norah can wear it before she outgrows it.
Until next time...