Baby Steps Complete

July 23, 2014

There are few life events better than becoming a grandparent. At least, that’s what new grandparents tell me. It’s not a transition I expect to be making anytime soon.

My dear friend Pat is justifiably besotted with her first granddaughter, a lovely, bright-eyed sprite born in mid-May to Pat’s son and his sweet wife. As Pat’s own birthday approached last month, I pondered how to mark that occasion and decided that a baby sweater would be the perfect gift. I know, I know, it’s not an item she can use herself, but what’s a gift anyway but something with personal meaning that’s given with love?

Although the Baby Steps Cardigan is knit entirely in garter stitch, with nary a purl in sight, the construction is clever. I learned how to do a provisional cast-on (used white “waste” yarn), so I could pick up and make the sleeves. I just love the hues of the Mermaid colorway in the Manos Silk Blend.

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The back is knit from the center out with regular yarnovers that create a star burst (of sorts).

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Did I mention how much I love the colors?

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Choosing the right button took a while. I was drawn — as I usually am — to the blues and purples, but they didn’t stand out as much as the smooth, lemony one that I finally selected.

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I think the birthday girl will be pleased.

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “Baby Steps Complete”


  1. I think this is a fantastic idea. I have my first two grandchildren and if someone made me a birthday present of a hand knitted garment for one of them, I would LOVE it. Gorgeous cardigan.

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  2. Patrick Dober Says:

    Beautiful design and colors.

    Like


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