Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fantasy Naturale Top Down Baby Sweater With Cap

A very close friend of my daughter's, the one that just had a baby, is expecting a baby girl at the end of June.  She really admired the sweater set that I had knitted for my granddaughter, so I thought that she might like a knitted sweater for her little one.

I really enjoy knitting baby sweaters from the top down or with as little seaming as possible, so when I found this one I knew this is the one that I wanted to make.
Fantasy Naturale Top Down Sweater

 I found the free pattern on-line, it's by Plymouth Yarn Co. I used size 8 Addi Turbo circular knitting needle instead of size 6 needles and a sport weight yarn from Michael's Arts and Crafts called Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Mini Dots.  The color is called Doddle Dots.  I just love it.  It's just the right about of very light pink with tiny specks of bright pink and lavender throughout the yarn.  It should fit a baby between 6 and 9-mons. old.

I really love the eyelet pattern that's on the trim of the neck and at the cuffs and the bottom of the sweater.  I liked the eyelets so much that I decided to incorporate the design into a cap for the baby.

I took a very basic baby cap pattern and using the magic loop method, I cast on  66 sts on my size 8 Addi Turbos Cir and I knitted 6 rounds of 3x3 ribbing.  Next, I took the pattern that was at the bottom of the sweater and I knit into the hat pattern (working in the round, instead of straight back and forth).  Then, I knitted in stockinette for a total of 6-inches before beginning my decreases for the crown of the cap.  I'm real pleased how it worked out. 

The cap with the eyelets.

Bottom of sweater

4 oz. skein of Snuggly Wuggly yarn in Doodle Dots

Both the sweater and the cap took less then 4 ozs of yarn.  I have a ball yarn left over that is about the size of a tennis ball.  This was a fun knit and I got it done in time for the baby shower next week.

I'm going to take a short break from knitting another baby sweater.  The next one is for a boy, so I'll be looking for a pattern soon.  I really need to get back to some of my other WIPs.

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