One of my closest friends growing up was a girl who lived right down the block from me – Gina. Our houses were the ‘bookends’ of the block and we hung out all of the time. We put on talent shows in her driveway, had sleepovers at each others houses, and spent long summer days running around the neighborhood with the 30 other kids who lived in between us. Her Mom was awesome – she only spoke Italian and she made the most delicious pizza I have ever eaten. Ever. Going to their house was always such a treat for me.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and Gina is now married and living in the same (although completely redone) house on our old childhood block. Both she and her Mother still look exactly the same! Here is a picture of them at her baby shower:
I decided to knit a little sweater and bonnet for her – something light for the cool spring days ahead. The sweet rounded yoke and the eyelets along the bottom of the sweater are what drew me to this pattern.
There were supposed to be eyelets along the yoke as well, but instead of m1 and knitting into the front of the stitch (which would create the eyelet hole), I m1 and knit through the back of the stitch to close them up. I thought it would look less fussy that way. Also, I did not add the tie at the top of the sweater – one, I felt like there should have been one more eyelet hole to make the tie sit correctly, and two, I wanted to keep it simple, something she could just slip on and off the baby as needed without any fuss.
This is the matching bonnet – I did add the eyelets here instead of closing them as on the sweater. This hat was finished in about 30 minutes – I love seeing things come off the needles quickly…this was definitely instant gratification knitting. There is just something charmingly old-fashioned about the set, don’t you think?
Both pieces are so tiny! They will probably fit the baby for about a week, if that. But isn’t that case with all baby knits?
Here are the details:
- Pattern: 5 Hour Baby Sweater and Bonnet (both are free patterns)
- Yarn: Bernat Satin Solids (1 skein in Snow)
- Needles: Size US 10, 29″ circulars (pattern calls for 10.5)
- Size made: newborn
- Helpful Hints: the sweater pattern may seem a little funny to follow, but just stick with it…
- Ravelry links: Sweater, Bonnet
If you start right now, I bet you can whip up a set in time for Easter. They would be so cute paired with a little sundress! Speaking of Easter and dresses, tomorrow I’ll be back with a little sewing project…see you then!