#24 – Casual (Collared Baby Sweater)

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

I want to knit this!

This little sweater was a really fun one to make. I originally had the spark of idea thinking about Tina Fey, and thought it would be sooo cute to make a little baby sweater that looks like a collared shirt with a pullover on top.  Spud and Chloë agreed to send me some yarn, and Sweater was so perfect for this project. I love this yarn (I made a hat out of it once, and a bunch of projects I gave to people too), it’s such a nice, soft combination of cotton and wool. It’s very casual looking, for this very casual little sweater. If you’ve never used it before you have to try it. It has all of the best properties of both fibers, IMHO, it’s got the nice sort of organic-y texture of cotton but it’s so warm and so easy to knit with. Just lovely stuff, I swear.

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

As you can see, there aren’t two layers or anything. Just some clever color changing and seaming. Oh, yeah, seaming. I was very excited to practice my lever knitting so I ended up making this sweater a seamed sweater, not a flat sweater. Oh man, I’ve been trying to hard with the seamless! It’s so much easier to write patterns for flat knitting, it’s no wonder that’s why they do it that way in the UK. So much shorter… But, I do love you guys, and I know that seamless knitting is a time saver, fun to make (if not fun to write) and saves you a lot of work in the end. I’m still going to be producing a lot of, if not totally seamless, reduced seaming patterns. I do like that the only seaming you have to do on most of my sweaters is the sleeve cap. (I just don’t prefer the way that seamless set in sleeves look, and I vastly prefer the way set in sleeves look and feel over any other kind of sleeve, which is why this is a consistent theme in my patterns of mostly seamless except for the set in sleeve part. You may not know this from just looking at the pictures, but it’s definitely a theme.)

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

I also think I really need to start making more use of garter stitch. It makes me a little nervous because I see a lot of little garter and stockinette stitch sweaters out there and I don’t want to be too much of a copy cat (I really try to avoid looking at other people’s baby sweaters or getting ideas from other people who are making baby patterns, though it’s inevitable that there are going to be times when things look similar.) But I can see why it’s so popular. I used to not be a big fan of garter stitch, but it’s really starting to grow on me. I think you have to be using the right yarn to really make it work.

Casual baby sweater pattern from 100BabySweaterPatterns.com

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend and aren’t to stressed out about all of the last minute holiday knitting, wrapping, and buying. I know that I’m totally not done with getting my #$%^ together for Wednesday yet, Tuesday is probably going to be pretty hectic ;)

Stephanie Mason

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