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Knitting in a Bit More Than a Day for a Baby

I'm knitting a sweater for my daughter.

You just have to trust me that this is a picture of that sweater, because it doesn't look like much right now.

I'm working on the Pattern Stitch Cardigan from Knit in a Day for Baby by Candi Jensen.  She freely admits in her introduction that some of these patterns more along the lines of a weekend project than something you can knock out in a day and I appreciate that.  I haven't had an uninterrupted weekend of knitting since.....well, probably since before I had a baby, but a few weekends ago I did have a pretty good day of knitting when I nearly knit an entire pattern that was also from this book.

But I can't talk about that pattern until after my sister's many baby showers.  So I'm talking about this little cardigan for my little girl.

She's growing every day, or at least she's stretching out like Silly Putty.  She's very tall, but very slender.  Well-fitting clothes are a bit rare for us right now, especially now that she thinks she's too big for onesies.  But the lovely thing about making something by hand is all those modifications you can make to a pattern to suit your needs.  So I cast on the number of stitches for an 18 month old, and I'm working the length for a 24 month old.  The pattern has sizes for 6, 12, 18, and 24 months.  My little creature is actually 36 months and I'm starting to worry that I should have cast on the amount of stitches for the 18 month size.

Seriously, she is very small.  I wrapped this WIP around her the other night just to get a feel of when I should start working on dividing the back and arms and she kept giggling and spinning inside the knitting needles.  She laughed "It's too big!" and I had to remind myself that she'll be wearing this over jeans and a thick shirt.  And that one day she'll grow out.  Maybe. 

Still, I'd rather make something a tiny bit too large than something she'll outgrow before Christmas.  And this won't be nearly as bulky-in-a-bad-way as some of the sweaters I've started seeing in a store because I've made this a bit trimmer and if I want it to be longer, I can just make it longer.  It's the beauty of making your own things!

I'm at the point where it's time to divide for the fronts and back.  After that I'll make two sleeves, where I'll once again get to add a few rows for length if I feel like I need to.  The whole sweater is worked in seed stitch, and I love the nubby texture with this light tan (nearly oatmeal) yarn.  Textured tan is in all those fall projects for a reason.  It just looks so good!  I'm using some worsted weight acrylic for easy washing, and I think I want to use brown buttons and orange edging.

I also think I want to finish this in time for my girl to wear it to the pumpkin patch this weekend.

I've been knitting this for a couple of weeks in fits and starts and in bits and pieces, but I'm definitely going to be spending a bit more time with it in the next day or two.

Wish me luck!

EDIT: In case you were curious, this is what I wrote about this project after the weekend.

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