I am going to admit something to you: I think I’m bad at naming knitting patterns. By the time I design them, knit them, photograph them, etc, there has been a lot of creative energy going in. When it finally comes to naming them, I just get a little stumped. So I usually try to go with something kind of descriptive. The name of this pattern is descriptive of what is going on. But it probably doesn’t do justice to just how lovely this pattern is (at least in my mind.) Such a simple detail, but it makes it so perfect. This may actually be my favorite sweater I’ve done so far (though Lacy Back is probably a close second. What can I say, I love the simple yet feminine cardigans.) It was originally inspired by a cardigan I saw in a magazine ad that my step mom pointed out to me. I clipped the ad with the intention of someday making her a sweater that was similar but handmade. I will still do that someday in the future, but in the meantime here is a cute little baby version.
Part of undertaking this project is so that I can explore different design techniques in small doses. That is why a lot of sweaters on here have some pretty similar features: most of them have set in sleeves, because I have the formula all figured out for set in sleeve baby sweaters. (And it looks good, IMHO.) A lot are cardigans. Most feature stockinette stitch (or in the case of crochet, simple half double or double crochet stitches). This is a trend I plan on continuing, for the most part. I’m certainly going to include some more unique projects now and again (Swallow Tail breaks most of those rules) but I like the idea that I have this template to go off of as a blank canvas for trying a variety of different things in small doses, without going overboard on any one feature.
I think this works particularly well for baby sweaters. With an adult sweater, you have so much fabric to work with, and it’s so big, having multiple things going with details, textures, or colors can work out really well. With something as small as a baby sweater, it is really easy for things to start to look too jumbled and crazy. Not to mention they’re made for babies, and babies tend to be pretty fussy about their clothes. Having something that is mostly plain and flat tends to make it more comfortable, I think.
This sweater is so. So. Simple. Not only in it’s looks, but in how easy it is to make. Even making the pleats is so easy, and they’re just enough fancy to elevate it out of plain old boring cardigan territory into sweet, classy, feminine cardigan territory.
I think simple things can be the best things. Don’t you?