a tiny sweater for someone special

I can finally show you this sweet little sweater I made for my grandson, who's due to arrive near the end of May. It had to be a surprise for my daughter at her shower, so I couldn't share it online until I'd given it to her. I'm really happy with it, and my daughter loves it too. Success!

The gorgeous yarn I used is O-Wash worsted from O-Wool - a lovely, soft, organic, washable merino that uses a much more natural process than most plastic coated washable merinos. I chose the color Barn Owl. My girl doesn't care for typical "baby colors," so I use this nice mustardy yellow, also O-Wash, for the hat. The yellow was a prototype color, so it was even on sale. Yay! The gray was a bit of a splurge, but for a baby sweater (for a very special baby) it wasn't too much to spend.

The French Style Baby Cardigan pattern is from bebeknits on Etsy. It was a fun and easy pattern to knit. I modified it only a tiny bit by going with one button instead of two, and adding a little single crochet edging on the neck, front edges, and hem. The only discrepancy I found in the pattern is that it called for 100 grams of yarn for the smaller size, and I ended up needing almost twice that amount. Better to go by yardage I think, but it all worked out.

I found some really nice, old abalone buttons on Ebay, and one was enough, since it's a really big button.

Once I was finished knitting, I held my breath, crossed my fingers, and threw it in the washing machine, and then the dryer. It came out just great. It didn't shrink or change shape, and the yarn bloomed a bit, making it nice and soft and a teensy bit fuzzy.

The final touch was to add the little heart tag, which is from Etsy seller, mountainstreetarts. For this, I cut the full-size tag down, and only used the heart. It's tiny and sweet, and just the right little bit of extra love - as if it needed it.

As I got ready to gift wrap it, I held it up and thought, I want a sweater like this for me! I think that's a very good idea. I found this beautiful pattern in Design It, Knit It, by Debbie Bliss (affiliate link). Now all I need to do is decide what color I want...


  1. Wow!!! That baby sweater is gorgeous!!! What a wonderful heirloom for your grandson to hand down.

  2. You are sooooooo talented, I’m very impressed !!!!

  3. So adorable! I was thinking "I'd like one like that!" and then you said the same thing. :-)

  4. Glad you all like it! Maybe we should each do our own grown up version and get together for a show-off party!


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