A few years ago I made myself a cardigan with a lacy back (a cardigan which I wear constantly.)
When I made that cardigan, I had designed some basic stuff for myself but I hadn’t yet began writing patterns for other people so I didn’t write down anything that I did or photograph my process at all. A few months later I started blogging more seriously and got into writing tutorials and knitting patterns, and I kind of kicked myself for not doing any of that for the sweater. So when I started this baby sweater project I knew I’d have to recreate the whole process in miniature, which is what this sweater is here. I think it turned out super cute. Definitely pretty dressy for a baby, but I think that babies deserve pretty things that have some effort put into them every once in awhile. (And like I said, I wear my cardigan almost every day from fall to spring, so I don’t see why a baby couldn’t wear theirs every day for the 3 months it fits them.)
There are a few things about this sweater. The first thing, which may already be obvious to you, is that it combines knitting and crochet. I know there are plenty of people out there who do both crafts, and there are so few occasions (at least in Western knitting patterns) where they get combined, I think that they can look really nice together. However, if you are really uncertain whether you’re ready to undertake this pattern because you are much better at one craft than the other I will say this: the skill level of the crochet part is far higher than the knitting part. That is, if you are a really good crocheter, but aren’t so confident in your knitting skills, you’ll probably really enjoy this pattern because the knitting is very basic. If you are a really great knitter who has a hard time remembering the difference between HDC and DC, you’re probably gonna have a harder time with it. Not to say you shouldn’t give it a shot, I’m all about challenging oneself. But just putting that out there– it might not be for you.
The other thing is that the crochet part is fairly… freeform. In some ways it’s a lot like Irish Crochet (which is what inspired the original idea) but not in any traditional sense. I have already written up a very detailed tutorial. This tutorial is free because I really think it’s a fun technique that could be utilized by people not wanting to make this particular, small, sweater. However you can only get the templates, motif charts, and knitting instructions by buying the pattern. (Hey, all that goodness has to be worth at least $5, right?)
Here’s to challenges and pretty, feminine sweaters.