I went to a baby shower today! The daughter of a very special friend is expecting her first child in February and, keeping true to the trend, the expectant parents are choosing to be surprised. Wonderful, really. Unless, like me, you like to knit baby sweaters in pink or blue…so, white it is.
Debbie Bliss “Pure Cotton” worsted weight yarn is super soft and 100% all natural. I found a pattern in Precious Layettes to Knit, by Leisure Arts. I knitted the yoke, but when I got to the sleeve and had to work the pattern, I discovered that I did not like the pattern stitch at all. I was ready to “frog” the whole thing, when I felt a jolt of inspiration. Maybe I could keep the yoke, and simply substitute another stitch pattern. Experienced knitters do this all the time and, although I am experienced, I’m usually too insecure to stray from the printed pattern. Not this time. I whipped out my copy of The New Knitting Stitch Library and chose the pattern you see here.
The baby’s paternal Grandma presented a norwegian-style baby sweater that she knitted on size 0 and size 1 needles. It was truly a work of art, and her hand was so steady that I would have sworn it was knitted on a machine. Amazing. For a fleeting moment, I thought I might try this. Then I envisioned those size 0 needles and thought “nah”.