Pattern: Crossover Jacket
Size 0-3 months
Source: Debbie Bliss Simply Baby Pattern Book
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran
Colours: Silver Grey (#09) and Denim (#205)
Needles: 5mm Aero Straights
Modifications: Contrast Sleeve Colour, Addition of Button Closures
Start: January 4 Finish: January 7, 2010
I finished knitting this little cardi a while ago when I heard our neighbours baby had been born prematurely. Recently he came home from hospital after a 2.5 month stay so I think now is a good time to take a little gift over. He is their third child in 6 years and as I watch them slog between car and front door with the older kids leaping around them and that hateful "bucket" style car seat banging their legs, I see their dedication and exhaustion.
Its my third time working this pattern - the last occasion I made the two shown above for a set of fraternal twins.
The pattern, knit in Aran Cashmerino is very quick and easy - the reason I chose it for the twins the first time around. There is no shaping except the sleeve increases. The neck opening requires no collar and has a straight bound off edge.
It is the remnant of the ball of blue from that first run at the pattern that I used to trim this most recent version. I also added a full sleeve in the contrast colour to give it an asymmetrical look. (And cut the cost of making the sweater by 30% while using up yarn in the stash - bonus!)
That got me rethinking the closure. On the first two sweaters I used the stipulated leather thong tie but I was knitting a larger size for larger, older, squirmier babies and thought the bow would be quick and easy. This time, for a very wee infant I decided to go with buttons to close off more of the front and so make it warmer. I already had a button hole at the top edge of the left front but using the contrast colour added two crochet "eyes" ( 6 single crochet loops starting through one stitch at the front edge and then finishing through its immediate neighbour and tied off.) to catch two additional buttons.