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Little Cashmere Cardigans

Baby knitting is something I have little to no experience with, mostly because I’ve never had one to knit for. When I found out last year that my cousin was pregnant with her first child I was really excited to get started. I wish I could say I began knitting for the little guy right away, but I didn’t. I had a difficult time deciding what patterns to pick, what colours to use… I wanted them to be perfect.

I ended up picking two little cardigans to make him for his first winter. The winners were the  Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer Hoel and the Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down. I paired the simple and classic cardigan designs with some of my own hand dyed yarns for an extra special touch.

Pattern: Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer Hoel

Yarn: 1 skein of Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Sport in Moonstone

Notes: This one took me two days of knitting in between class finals and presentations. I used the general idea of the pattern but didn’t follow it completely. I left out the garter yoke and made the sweater a bit smaller in hopes that it fits him this winter. I divided for the sleeve somewhere around 164 stitches. I also knit it at a gauge of 24sts instead of 22sts.

Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down

Yarn: 1 skein of Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in Smoke

Notes: This one only took a couple of days as well. Since my gauge was a bit tighter (20sts instead of 15sts) than what the pattern calls for I started with the instruction for the 6-12 months. I then divided for the sleeves once it looked big enough for the little guy. I barely made it by with one skein.

I also made him a teeny tiny version of the Courtyard hat I designed last March for Christmas! I can’t believe it’s almost too big for his little head. I used two colours of Noro Silk Garden.

Meeting Luciano for the first time at our family Christmas dinner was definitely the highlight of the season. And I can’t wait to knit him more sweaters for next winter. Maybe a couple of original designs?

Luciano on Christmas Day, three weeks old.

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