Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Finished: Sweetness


I'm so happy with this little garter-stitch cardigan! It took exactly two balls of Dale Baby Ull (colour #5711), which is a great machine-washable wool that I'd never used before. I'd hoped to have some left over for booties or a hat, but when I bought the yarn I wasn't thinking about the yardage-eating quality of garter stitch -- by the end, I was just relieved to have enough for the sweater. The pattern is from an old Patons pattern booklet, as you may recall. It's kind of thrilling to follow a pattern that includes only a black-and-white photo -- the result seems so vivid!


According to the pattern, this sweater is meant to be tied closed: you are to thread a knitted cord through eyelets in the neckband. I decided to go with a less fussy single-button closure instead. I didn't think about this before I started, though, so I hadn't put a buttonhole into the right sweater front. What to do? Well, I was saved by blogs. Just a week or so ago, Ysolda posted a tutorial on sewn button loops. Perfect!

23 comments:

Adrienne said...

So very cute!

Lynne said...

Wow! Very nice! Lucky baby!

amanda said...

So, so sweet! Love that button loop too. Well done!

Regina said...

That is just darling! Love the closure -- very clever indeed.

Jessica said...

Very sweet little sweater.

melissa said...

i love this! especially the little sewn button loop - it's such a sweet little detail.

Ellen said...

Very lovely. I think that sometimes the old baby patterns show a better understanding of how babies are shaped.

JustApril said...

It's SO adorable! I really like how the button hole thing looks, too.

Alice said...

awww - few things better than a simple little baby jumper

goodkarma said...

That is such a sweetly simple sweater, I love it. Perfect solution on the closure. I think ties are a bit too fussy for babies and your sewn button loop looks very professional. Thanks for reminding me about Baby Ull... I've got a nephew coming in December and I'm starting to look for projects and yarns for gifts.

Michelle said...

What a sweet sweater!

eyeleen said...

lovely sweater! I love the button closure.

Leslie said...

I love this! So much so that I tracked down a copy of that booklet and ordered it. The yarn your chose really gives it an updated look, and I love the button loop closure.

Elizabeth said...

It's just lovely. Perfect color, lovely pattern details, and the button loop is great.

Chris said...

Adorable! And I would never have guessed about the button not being part of the original plan.

Lolly said...

It is so sweet! I love the simplicity :)

Frieda said...

Well done, so sweet ! Kudos on the button loop closure, a more practical idea than the tied i-cord version . I love how you update vintage patterns .

Stacey said...

Adorable! I saw that tutorial and thought it was a great idea. So neat that you could use it right away!

Lee said...

That looks great!! I like your choice of color.

pamela wynne said...

Lovely and simple and sweet. Perfect!

amandajean said...

I love that little sweater. the single button on the top is perfect. nice, nice job.

nicole said...

I have been meaning to tell you how lovely this project turned out. I especially like the old-fashionedy color.

lomester said...

So sweet. The button is perfect.