I don’t like to have more than one project on needles at a time, but babies just won’t wait. So I set aside the Fair Isle Sampler Scarf that I have been working on and decided to knit this sweater for my niece whose baby is due soon.
I used a free pattern I found online. I had already made this sweater in a marl grey for another family baby.
Top Down Raglan Baby Sweater Designed by Carole Barenys
I am very grateful to those who share instructions online. I used her newborn size but it turned out bigger, maybe 9 month.
I used the same kind of Bernat Softee Baby yarn that I used last time, in a different color. The sweater is VERY soft and cuddly.
Note the little buttonhole (at the left in the picture above) created by a YarnOver stitch followed by KnitTwoTogether.
Here some more pictures.
I love the way this pattern uses two purl stitches to delineate the raglan seam. It make a little “ditch” that is very pretty.
The cuffs and collar are knit on smaller needles than the rest of the sweater to make the ribbing nice.
I used white buttons. I would have preferred pink, but the local fabric store seems to have a more limited selection every time I go there.
The design is top down, so there are no seams. Last time I used rigid stitch holders to hold the sleeve stitches while I finished the body. The stitches in the underarm area seemed to get stretched out. So this time I use yarn to hold the stitches. It didn’t help. I still had to reweave the area. Next time I will do a little research and see if I can find out what I am doing wrong.
I hope she likes it. It is so much fun to knit for babies. I will drop the package in the mail today.
Now, back to my scarf.
As always, your polite and helpful comments are welcome.