This week, I chat with Jil Eaton of Minnowknits and share a pattern for my Beaucoup Color Baby Sweater.
I knit this cardigan using sock yarn on #8 needles to make a little sweater that is light-as-air. But, because it's Mini Mochi, it's heavy on color! It's color 108, which I think is called Neptune's Rainbow.
The very-open gauge creates an extra-soft fabric with a lot of drape. When choosing a button, try to make sure it isn't too heavy, or it may pull the sweater out of shape. I used a small knot-style button, and backed it with a small, clear button to support it in the fabric.
The final cardigan is about 18" around, so it should fit a variety of babies. Always check your baby for compatibility, but this is a very stretchy sweater, too, so you're pretty safe. The sweater is knit from the top-down, with raglan shaping and minimal finishing. The garter-stitch edges prevent curling.
I made the sweater for a baby of unknown gender. Since I didn't know if it would be a boy or a girl, I picked what I thought were pretty neutral, if very deep and lovely, colors.
One of my co-workers saw the sweater and said she thought purple might not be right for a boy.
I shared the thought on Twitter and got a slew of responses. Everyone said purple is completely cool for a boy. I agree. Fortunately, the baby's mama doesn't mind colors that aren't considered traditional. So, it will work either way.
It was so nice to chat with Jil. I hope you enjoy it, too.
- Susan Bates used to make one-piece nylon circular needles of the kind that Jil and I discuss. I hope Jil starts making some! If you look you can find the vintage ones on Ebay or other sources of old stuff. Be careful, though, and make sure to look and see that the needle and the cable are made of the same material. Susan Bates also made (and makes) a lot of other kinds of circular needles.
- Learn to Knit Kit (with the stitches already cast on!)