After having spent lots of time making a jumper that wouldn’t fit my baby for at least a year, I thought I should make something that hopefully will fit when he is born.
I am using a pattern by Peter Pan, which isn’t normally my favourite company as they tend to publish more traditional patterns, but this one was so cute I couldn’t resist. It has a little girl on the front but the pattern includes details for a slightly different ‘boy’ version of the same sweater. It’s called a basket weave pattern, which provides lots of texture.
Because I’m not a big fan of Peter Pan/Wendy wools, I looked for something more exciting. In the end I chose Debbie Bliss ‘Eco Baby Prints’ in colour 56003. All the colours in this range are lovely, but I’ve always been interesting in strong colours, rather than pastels so I had to go with this one. It is cotton, which I normally don’t like working with, but I had no problems with this wool and it knitted up beautifully.
Choosing the wool then seemed easier than choosing the buttons! I spents AGES trying to choose. I always like to go for different buttons and that of course made it more difficult. Because there is lots of orange in the wool I picked simple orange buttons and then tried to choose two cool colours to counter the warm colours in the wool. The green suns are brilliant, although the lady at the wool shop pointed out that they could make buttoning up difficult with a squirmy baby. I admit I put cuteness over practicality this time. As you can see from the picture below, the blue buttons seems to get a little darker from top to bottom. They are also slightly textured. As the final touch I used yellow thread to sew the buttons on.
Now to pray that I don’t have a massive baby and this cute cardigan fits!