It’s been 3 years since I’ve made the “Baby Sophisticate” knit sweater, a free pattern on Ravelry that has over 5,600 projects. People like this design because it’s easy yet interesting, classic yet works up quickly.
I especially like the button and roll-collar details. You knit using size 8 needles so it’s warm without having painstakingly small stitches (goodbye size 3’s).
My college friend, Blake Imeson, runs a web design business called Lime Cuda, and we keep in touch. He and his wife recently gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Wesley, and I’ve been meaning to make them something. Wesley is just about 5 months old so I sized up for this sweater and made it to fit 6 months – 1 year (pattern is also available in newborn size). Hopefully he’ll be able to get some good use out of it.
Blake, I’m sorry if you’re seeing this post before the sweater’s shipped. Act surprised 🙂
- Free Pattern: Baby Sophisticate
- Knitting Needles: size 8
- Yarn: 1 skein (about 200 yards) of Red Heart Soft
- Time: Mmmm… maybe 5-6 hours?
Two of my coworkers are having little baby boys! They’re not due til the fall, but I figured I’d get a head start on things. First up is a little guy’s crochet hat that’s modeled after the bigger men’s free crochet hat pattern I posted a few weeks ago.
I got this yarn from Jo-Ann Fabrics and was planning to use it to knit something. It’s one of those self-striping yarns, but it is painfully, painfully thin. After spending 30 minutes trying to make something using double pointed needles, I just wasn’t feeling it. So I got out my crochet hook and made this hat.
While watching a Netflix documentary.
On a Saturday night.
My life is riveting, I know.
Pattern has a few small adaptations from the original hat, but I’d be more than happy to write a specific pattern for this baby-sized hat if you’d like. Let me know.
Next up is a half-made baby sweater, modeled after this knitted baby sweater I made two years ago. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry called “Baby Sophisticate” and has become my go-to baby sweater (the 3,359 people on Ravelry that have made it agree). It’s a classic.
I realized I never posted WIP (work-in-progress) photos of things I make since I am an impatient crocheter/ knitter and tend to whip things out, but I thought I would share my mid-project progress. Yesterday, I finished the body and have the sleeves and collar left to complete. Should be a good project for later this week.
Oh, and just to prove that I’m not being completely lazy this weekend, just know that I’m going to Cedar Point today. And using my SEASON PASS. So no pity for the sad, Saturday-night crocheter here!
What have you made this weekend? I’d love to see what you’re working on. Do you have any good baby patterns? I’m thinking maybe some booties to go with the hat or even some to match the sweater. Hmmm… new projects brewing already…
I recently visited a local yarn store that opened by my house. It’s cute. They remodeled a downstairs and sell novelty yarn and pottery. A few weeks ago, I spotted a store sample hanging by the window: A cotton knitted baby cardigan.
Now I’m not planning on having kids for a few years (have to find me a man first), but who can resist a miniature sized anything? I found the pattern from Plymouth Yarns and upon seeing it was “free with yarn purchase”, I made a yarn purchase.
Free pattern in hand and two skeins of Fantasy Naturale in Rainbow and I was ready to knit.
Detail of the Lace Raglan Top-Down Sleeve
The pattern worked up fairly quickly and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I followed the pattern exactly except I didn’t make the sleeves as long so it’s a 3/4 length knitted baby cardigan instead. It was a top-down raglan knit so super easy and minimal seams – just what a crocheter/ dabbling-knitter needs!
I especially like the bold color palette. You don’t normally see babies in brights, but I rather like it. What do you think?
Pattern Name: Fantasy Naturale Top Down Baby Sweater
Yarn: Fantasy Natural (2 hanks)
Needles: Pattern called for size 9, I used US 8 (and even then I thought my gauge was loose)
Size: 6 months