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March 30, 2010

Garter stitch cardigan and baby booties

This is a project I started late last year and finished late last year and just sat around procrastinating sending it to the intended mom & baby duo because the sweater didn't turn out how I pictured it. I procrastinated so long I feared that the child this sweater was intended to clothe was going to be having children of her own before long, so I sent it off with a note to Courtney that it wasn't quite what I had in mind... but the shoes were cute!

Here's the sweater:

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It looks better in the picture than in person, but it was just a bit rustic for my liking. I think it was the combo of this yarn and this pattern. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (actually that may not be the right pink, but it was all I could find on amazon) and I knitted it using a pattern for a baby garter stitch cardigan from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. I didn't struggle with this pattern at all, either I have gotten better at this or the pattern was better, but I knitted it fairly quickly. I think this cardigan turned out a bit plain, though, and the yarn ply (which I learned about with my first baby cashmerino sweater) knits up a bit wonky in garter stitch. I'm not sure how to explain it, except to say it didn't give the result I'd hoped for.

The shoes, however, are SO CUTE!! Much like Ysolda's Tiny shoes, they are little Mary Jane style booties but these are done entirely in garter. I got the pattern free online here. These were a quick knit, suitable for beginners and intermediate beginners. I tend to "make one" by knitting through the front and back so I had to watch my stitch counting, but listen, there are a bazillion ways to "make one" and if you just do what works for you and do it consistently I think you'll be OK.

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I'm very happy with the shoes, so cute!

And the sweater still fit a little and Courtney is on the east coast so who knows, maybe a garter stitch sweater is what her adorable baby needed. And if all else fails, her daughter can use those shoes to play dress up with a teddy bear. I'm all about the shoes, as usual.

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Posted by laurie at March 30, 2010 7:41 AM