A few months ago I learned that not one, but two friends were having babies - babies with very close due dates. To a knitter new baby translates into new baby sweater. It's been a while since anyone in my family or circle of friends has had a baby, so I was excited with the prospect of knitting a couple of baby sweaters. I had plenty of advance notice. I would knit these sweaters and have time to spare.
I didn't give it much thought because I had so much time. I knew from experience that it didn't take long to knit a baby sweater. As we moved from winter to spring, from April to May my husband reminded me about the sweaters. The babies are going to be here soon, I was warned. I should note that one of the parents is a close friend of his, so he has a vested interest in this sweater project.
I started the process of looking at patterns for baby sweaters. I have made so many baby sweaters over the years that my collection of patterns is quite extensive, but I wanted something new. Something fresh. Then I had the bright idea that while I was at it, I might as well dye the yarn for the sweaters. These baby sweaters were going to be beyond special.
I picked a pattern and started playing around with colors. With so many options it was hard to choose. I finally settled on this combination for one of the sweaters.
The pattern is Sweet Bunting Cardigan by Laura Chau. The yarn is 100% superwash merino. Both the yarn line and the colorways are currently unnamed.
This design has charming details.
A seed stitch band along the bottom edge.
And around the neckline.
To make it interesting there's a bit of colorwork.
Little flags along the yoke.
The contrasting color continues.
I-cord ties for closure.
As so often happens one thing leads to another, and this project has taken on a life of its own. It dawned on me that I could offer this sweater as a kit - and that's what I'm doing. This sweater kit will be available in four different sizes, each with three different color combinations. That means I still have two sweaters to knit - one for the second baby, the other for a booth sample. And there's still time to spare. Neither of the babies has been born. Yet.