Finished Handmade Handmade for Baby Knitting

The sky at the end of the sunset {handmade for a baby cousin}

02/12/2016

Not only has Kitty grown out of the size range of most of my favourite children’s clothes shops, only squeezing into Frugi by the skin of her teeth, but Pip, my tiny little giant two year old, is now out of the baby ranges too.  He’s wearing an aged 4, and we’re most definitely and sturdily into the big boy clothes.  We shall allow a moments pause to think of all the cute and tiny baby clothes that must be ignored by my radar, and then brighten up to the thought that at least he likes mama-made shorts, roll on the summer.

With their sizes going up in leaps and bounds so has the length of time it takes me to knit them a jumper.  My, as always, overly ambitious plans for Christmas will almost certainly end up with my presenting Kitty with three skeins of yarn and a promise; I’ve finished Elma’s birthday jumper, am still on the yoke for her Christmas cardie and then I’ve just got to knit up Pip’s an we’re all done. In 23 days.  Totally doable, yes?

Space for the Butterflies - Olinda baby cardigan in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, Peacock

In the meantime, and I’m sure with no intention but to supply me with tiny adorable people to knit for, my friends and family have continued the tiny baby boom.

The latest addition to the family, utterly adorable in every single way, arrived at the beginning of November, after much patience was exercised by her mama and much facebook stalking by the rest of us.

Space for the Butterflies - Olinda baby cardigan in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, Peacock

And of course she needed a knitted hug just as her big brother did before her, and I got to spend a happy hour rifleing through the stash looking for the perfect yarn, and then finding a pattern to match.

The yarn is a smooshy plump Fyperspates Vivacious DK in Peacock, a very feminine blue with hints of purple; the sky at the very end of the sunset. The pattern is Olinda, a little swing  cardigan with a nice soft garter stitch yoke near the face to rest your cheeks on and then cables running away down the cardigan.

Space for the Butterflies - Olinda baby cardigan in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, Peacock

Well sort of cables.  They give the impression of cables, but there’s nothing more twisty in any of them than a k2tog so there are no lumpy crossed stitches to play princess and the pea if its tiny wearer wanted to have a little lie down.  The cables also conceal the increases in the gaps between them that lend it the swingy shape; they just expand gently down the cardigan in a way that as a knitter makes you feel very clever.

I don’t think I changed anything in the pattern, or if I did it wasn’t so big as to merit my actually making a note of it so we’ll go with no changes. The pattern comments on Ravelry give the impression that it’s a fiendishly difficult pattern but while I wouldn’t recommend it as the first thing you try to knit ever, if you can read your knitting you’ll have no problems and this little cardie whizzed off the needles.

Space for the Butterflies - Olinda baby cardigan in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, Peacock

For the finishing touchI went diving into my button jar to see what would work best.  It turned out to be just nice simple little magenta buttons that hold their own but let the cables and the colour shine out.

And once it had had a nice little wash and block to ease those cables out to their prettiest arrangement, off it went in the post to give the new little lady a giant welcome to the family and a warm and wooly hug by proxy.

Space for the Butterflies - Olinda baby cardigan in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, Peacock

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On and Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply Melissa 02/12/2016 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful! I love the color you chose!

    • Reply Carie 03/12/2016 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you – it was a present many years ago nice and it’s so fun to have finally found the pattern to go with it!

  • Reply Jennifer 02/12/2016 at 4:05 pm

    Beautiful blue and a gorgeous pattern.

    • Reply Carie 03/12/2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Vera 02/12/2016 at 5:41 pm

    That is pretty! Well done!

    • Reply Carie 03/12/2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply marcelle 04/12/2016 at 6:46 am

    Gorgeous! I’ll have to hunt down the pattern. Well done!!!

  • Reply Katy (What Katy Said) 04/12/2016 at 8:57 pm

    You are just so clever, I wish I had the talent and patience to make things like this xx #Funkykidsfriday

  • Reply Mandycharlie 05/12/2016 at 10:04 am

    Very cute!

  • Reply Hannah | Make, Do & Push 05/12/2016 at 10:23 am

    What a beautiful knit! The love the colours in the wool!

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday xx

  • Reply Christine 06/12/2016 at 9:39 am

    I love this sweater and the colour is perfection.

  • Reply Amy Caroline 07/12/2016 at 3:05 pm

    That yarn!! Such a gorgeous little sweater.

  • Reply Tracy 07/12/2016 at 9:02 pm

    Ahhh!!! It’s gorgeous!!!! And if ever there was a girly blue – this is it!! The buttons top it off perfectly. Very nicely done

  • Reply Brandy 08/12/2016 at 12:06 am

    What a beautiful, vibrant sweater!

  • Reply Wave to Mummy 08/12/2016 at 12:48 am

    Such a beautiful cardigan, and the colour is lovely – the way the colour undulates between blue and purple is subtle but brings a real added element to the knit. Really making me want to try my hand at knitting again… #funkykidfriday

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