A part of Operation: Use Up Stash
A few months ago, my co-worker gave me some natural fiber (wool?) yarn that she’d bought at some point but decided she wouldn’t ever use. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make – wool socks? a headband/ear warmer? There was enough yarn for more than a quick stash-burning project, but not enough for anything adult-sized.
Well, it just so happens my co-worker is also pregnant! I waited (for what seemed like a very long time) until she found out if she would be having a boy or girl…turns out it’s a girl. So, I went to work. I decided I just wanted to try to make something without a pattern, so I checked out the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns from the library and found a few stitch patterns that piqued my interest.
I also decided to make a cardigan, as baby’s heads are kind of ridiculously large compared to their necks. So I thought a cardigan would be much easier to get on a baby rather than a sweater with a too-tight-neck.
I casted-on (casted?) in the round and started knitting. First garter stitch, then some patterns from the book. Then, I decided to stick to stripes since a pattern could get dicey when I joined in the sleeves and decreased for the shoulders. Finally, I added a garter stitch button band and sewed on buttons that I (miraculously) found to match.
As a disclaimer, this is the very first baby thing I’ve ever knitted, and I didn’t have a baby to fit this on. In hindsight, perhaps making up the pattern as I went wasn’t the best idea, but it kinda looks like the shape of a baby. I guess we’ll find out in a few months…