Friday, 17 February 2012

Blank Canvas Baby Sweater

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Blank Canvas infant sweater

Have I mentioned that my inner circle of friends and family is experiencing a serious baby boom? Five of my nearest and dearest are expecting their first bundles of joy in the coming months (including my very own brother!!! First baby in the family, we're so excited!) So, obviously, I've been doing my part to make sure that these babies all come into the world with no shortage of wooly wardrobe options! I've been knitting baby gear like crazy, and I'm loving it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, knitting for babies ranks very high on my list of favorite types of knitting. The projects are usually so quick and so adorable! I've completed several baby knits that I haven't been able to blog about yet because the recipients haven't received them yet. 

Blank Canvas infant sweater

This is a little number I've been working on that I'm calling the "Blank Canvas Baby Sweater". The construction is based on a favorite little sweater that my mom had for my siblings and I when we were infants. It's a simple tube up to the armholes, then continues straight up for the front and back. The neckline is left wide open so it fits easily over giant baby heads and fastens shut with buttons (or leave it  un-fastened if your baby favours a boatneck look.) This pattern is such a simple shape that it got me thinking about how cute it would look with some fancy colourwork. I've cast on for a second Blank Canvas sweater, this time using a 4 seasons hat kit! I'm working on the sleeve now and I should have this one finished very soon. I can't wait to block this guy, blocking colourwork makes all the difference in the world!

Spring baby sweater

I got so excited about how great this project is for using up leftover fingering weight yarn that even though I'm not finished my Spring sweater yet, I immediately dove into the stash and picked out a sweet palette of pastels to start on a third sweater right away. This one will be simple stripes again. Two of the colourways I'm using (the one that I've cast on with and the pastel rainbow ball in the center back) are so old that I think I dyed them with kool-aid when I first started experimenting with dyeing. Crazy! 

pastel baby sweater

I have no idea who I'm going to give these sweaters to, I have no shortage of possible recipients! For now, I'll just keep knitting baby items and pick recipients later. 

Oh! Have you all popped over to Julie's blog to enter the giveaway? There are 2 skeins of TFA Yellow Label DK up for grabs! You've got until midnight tonight to enter.

Have a great weekend!

11 comments:

  1. There is a serious baby boom going on right now. If you count Julie, even though I don't know her personally, I know *11* (11!) people who are pregnant right now. It's crazy. But it is also an excellent excuse to knit many adorable baby things. :)

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  2. I looove the concept of this blank canvas baby sweater, it looks so classic and the perfect template for endless variations! The colourwork is already looking awesome. And that's so cute, the kool-aid yarn! I've never tried that before.

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  3. Might there be a pattern for this sweater in the works? It's ADORABLE!!

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  4. That's so funny, I bought a Spring hat kit a couple of weeks ago for the very purpose of turning it into a sweater for my one year old girl! Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  5. Baby boom is truly on its way amongst my friends. Two friends having babies the same week in a couple of weeks time. This sweater looks adorable!

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  6. These sweet little sweaters are so adorable! I'm always amazed at your colourwork, it's always gorgeous! I love the idea of a blank canvas for a baby sweater, not only are baby items quick knits but are perfect opportunities to try out new things on a smaller scale!

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  7. The constructino of your blank canvas baby sweater is so clever. The possibilities are endless which makes knitting these little cuties even more fun. Yippee for babies!

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  8. I would LOVE a pattern for this! My next door neighbor is pregnant with her first and this would be such a sweet little gift.

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  9. Super cute little sweater! Five babies? Woh! Have a great weekend!

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  10. This is the perfect pint-sized sweater with endless possibilities! Super cute!!!

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  11. Any chance of you posting a recipe for this adorable and simple baby sweater? For those of us who are new enough that attempting to calculate sizes makes our heads spin. :) Such a clever idea!

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