i seem to always like to push myself though (lol i blame my stubborn roots) and i chose a fingering weight cardi.
totally the right decision.
this is the maile sweater by nikki van de car. do you remember me talking about it? it was a week ago, and i hadn't even wound the skein! granted, i realise i'm a tiny bit obsessive about knitting... and i have a bit of speed on my side... but i cast on for this on wednesday of last week... and was blocking it on friday!
yes . thank goodness for little babies ;)
the designer only wrote this pattern in one size, but i've seen many different sizes on ravelry. so looks like it wouldn't be too difficult to alter the size.. i used a 3.75mm needle, partly because my 3.5's were busy and also, having a sweater just a tad bigger is always better. these newborns grow fast!
the knit picks stroll tonal in springtime green was so lovely to work with. very soft, and i was pleasantly surprised at how it knit up in stockinette. i also think that it shows off the lace quite well!
the detail on this cardi is just so sweet, and simple.
i love it.
and i really hope the recipients do too.
this sweet little sweater only took maybe half a skein of the knit picks stroll tonal sock yarn. i would absolutely recommend the pattern. however when adding the sleeves to the yoke, as most other knitters commented, it becomes very tight and awkward for a few rows.. i simply pushed through it. and sort of mcgyvered the cables around the tight stitches of the underarm. when seaming the sleeves i was able to easily close that hole in the underarm as well.
i would definitely knit this sweater up again....it really is a fairly quick knit. and a good thing too, the hubs has already taken it to work in hopes that the daddy-to-be will be there to recieve it. baby is already past her due date so it's everyone's guess as to whether daddy-to-be will be at work ;) now let's hope this little baby makes her appearence sooner rather than later.
we're now officially ready ;) (hee hee)
do you have a fave go-to baby knit when you need a last minute gift? do you stick with cardi's, hats, booties? do share! xo