I knit this a little while ago, but it’s just going in the mail this week, and it is so itsy-witsy and adorable that I couldn’t not share. This is a baby sweater (obviously), on its way to friends who recently (like, a few days ago) had their first child.
The pattern is the Antler cardigan, and I believe I knit the 6 month size (there is a large range of sizes newborn babies can be, and one never knows). I needed just over one skein of worsted, and I chose to buy a second skein in a contrasting colour rathe than two of the same. I used contrast colour for the bands and cuffs and then knit a tiny hat (Hunter, for the curious) out of the leftovers, to make a little outfit.
The yarn is Malabrigo Rios, which is definitely superwash, as that is definitely important. I have been very impressed with how this yarn wears in the mittens that I wear when I bicycle, so I’m hoping it will hold up nicely to repeated washings as a baby garment.
I knit this before baby was born, and so the sex was a mystery. I tried my best to choose ‘neutral’ colours, but that’s definitely something that’s a struggle for me. I just end up wanting to make little purple things for everyone, but then run up against expectations of what ‘masculine’ colours should be and worry that I’m choosing colours that won’t work well on a tiny boy. Now that the baby’s born, I know that it’s a girl, and I hope this set (with a little hat in the same colour as the trim, to balance it out) is alright. I know that I’d wear a sweater this colour, and I’m a girl, and I know that no matter what colour it is, it will be warm.