For the love of knit

In the last two weeks of my pregnancy, a haze of knitting obsessiveness descended upon me. I couldn’t put down my needles for a day. Heck, I couldn’t put down my needles for an hour.

As far as a nesting instinct goes, I think it’s a pretty good one. Sure, my fridge was filthy, but how much more fun to have lovely knitted things rather than a clean house?

I whipped up a blanket for my future nephew in a few short weeks (even managing to immediately sew in all the loose ends I showed you a few weeks ago, rather than putting it off for months as is my usual wont).

But as soon as I put down my needle, I felt the urge to cast on something new.

Home knitted baby cardigan: free pattern

And so this little cardigan was created over the course of a few days. It’s called the Puerperium cardigan, designed for babies up to six weeks old. A free pattern on Ravelry. I’m not sure about the name, personally, but the end result is super cute.

I think all of the buttons make the baby look a little bit a surgeon in waiting when he has it on…

Hand knit baby cardigan, free pattern

I love those big round cream ones, but only had six of them, hence the little duck at the end. And hey, it’s a newborn baby cardigan, if ever there is a place for a button with whimsy, this is it.

Duck button

The yarn I used was lovely: Sublime extra fine merino DK. I really like the clean stitches that you can see, and the end result is both stretchy and squidgy, two things you want for baby clothing.

The pattern is really simple to knit, I love a raglan sleeve construction like this, and the end result is really easy to put on the baby, what with the short sleeves and button up front. No squeezing his little head into a too-small hole. My only criticism: why quite so many buttons? I would definitely drop down to four if I were to knit it again.

All project details are over on Ravelry: new baby cardigan.

And since the baby has arrived, has the knitting craze continued? Erm, nope, I’m yet to cast on anything new. Ah well, til next time!

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10 thoughts on “For the love of knit

  1. I love me some buttons I do. So cute! one day I will master the art of reading knitting patterns and produce such lovely things like this, one day! Hope all is well with the new sproglet and you are managing to juggle everything. – Annie

  2. I love this…I want a big person version of this! Very nice job, beautiful and also love the choice of color. The buttons with the duck on the bottom is awesome!

  3. I knit one of this about 2 years ago for a new born… can’t say the name of it – at least, not the first time I try to say it but love the little thing to bits. Mine was for a little girl and in pink. I will now be making one for her cousin. I just wanted to say that I really admire your knitting technique. Your work is very tidy and well constructed. Love the little ducky button on the end! Thanks for sharing!

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