Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bling, Bling Baby Sweater

Pattern:  Knit Lace & Leaves (Leisure Arts)
Yarn:  Lion Brand Cotton Ease
Needles:  Size 5 & 7 (I went up one size)
Erratas for this pattern: Can you believe all the errors in the pattern....geesh!!!!

I loved this sweater the minute I saw it.  I'm a sucker for garter stitch.  Probably one of the reasons I usually enjoy knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann patterns. 

It looked beautiful as I knitted it.  However, once completed, I felt that the leaves really overpowered the sweater and needed to be a little more dainty.

I fell in love with these buttons.  Every little girl needs to be exposed to a little "bling-bling" at an early age so I obliged.
The pattern....isn't that baby adorable!

 I won't be knitting the blanket.  However, that would be one gorgeous gift!

 The pattern booklet gives you the choice of two hats.  I love the bonnet.

But I'll be knitting the cap to match.

I hated knitting with this yarn.  Colorways are beautiful but I find cotton hard on my hands when it comes to knitting.  When knitting baby things I put my "yarn snobbiness" aside in favor for "easy of care" and "cost".  I'm really not excited about Lion Brand's Vanna White's yarn either.

I'm off to a birthday celebration lunch.  Lots of fun things coming up in the next two months.  More on that later.

Happy Knitting!


  1. Cute, but as you said the leaves would look much better if they were daintier. You need to design your own with smaller leaves. You can do it. Good to see you blogging again. Renate

  2. I was out shopping today & I didn't see this book or I would have bought it. Any baby boy designs in there? Love the the color! So glad that you're back!

  3. That sweater is adorable! I think the leaves don't look so overpowering in the modeled shot in the booklet, so maybe all the sweater needs is to have a baby in it...

  4. Very, very pretty. I just finished The 5 hour baby sweater in cotton, too, and I agree it's not as fun as wool! I love bonnets!

  5. I don't knit at all, but I really enjoy the way you write about it. Greetings from India!

  6. LOVE the sweater! Is this book currently available? I'd like to make that set (including the blanket) in case my next grandchild (yes, I'm jumping the gun just a WEE bit) is a girl.

    I tried knitting with Cotton Ease, too, and didn't like it. I now use what I have for provisional cast-one. But I do agree that you can't be a yarn snob when you're knitting baby things - durability is a must!

  7. That is a beautiful sweater! Is it for your granddaughter? If so, she is one lucky little girl. I wish I could do that. I love it!

  8. DARLING!! Do you like cotton ease better than sugar and cream? To work with?

  9. That is a gorgeous baby sweater. Thanks for the tip re the yarn, though. I'd always wanted to try it so glad of the feed back.

  10. the baby sweater is gorgeous! Love the little buttons. :) I have not used the Cotton Ease as of yet. But I did buy a few skeins of it recently. Wonder how it will be in crochet?

  11. Yay! You're back. I kept checking on you, and when I saw your comment today, i thought I'd check one more time.

    That baby sweater is beautiful! I know what you mean about cotton. I like the look of it, but it's not comfortable for me to knit with. I prefer wool or wool blends, even during the summer, as long as it's a small project.

  12. Popping in to say and see what you're up too.

  13. Very cute! One happy Earth Day baby!

  14. Just started a little linky book love, come join the fun.
    Happy Easter

  15. Hoping you'll swing by for a visit, today is post #400 on The Bridge...tomorrow starts the contest.