Happy Black Friday knitters! I LOVE thanksgiving and the entire weekend of weird traditions now associated with it. It means that I get to be with my family (aka some of the best people in the world) AND i get to eat my face off! what could be better, I ask you?
Of course I had to do something woolensy to celebrate so, with that in mind…I am so excited to share my newest design with you. Its my first baby sweater in the “Isla and Friends” collection and, I have to be honest, I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Inspired by the cockle shells that cover the beaches of Scotland, and the infamous poem that may or may not have been about Mary Queen of Scotts, “Baby Bells and Shells” features an open lace design along the hem that looks oh so cute on a tiny baby sweater! Its available today on my website and on ravelry. Its 25% off through Friday December 4th (no code required) so you can buy it now and then head to your favorite LYS on Small Business Saturday to get the yarn! (see how i did that? 🙂 )
I knit it up in a Alpenrose DK from Solstice, in the “Alki’s Fancy Brew” coloryway. Its a lovely hearty yarn and Isla’s mommy got to pick the warm fall color so she was happy. Its worked up on US size 7 and 8 needles so its a super fast knit. Gotta love those baby projects.
Baby Bells and Shells (btw who else loves the subtle reference to cheese…just me?) is knit from the bottom up so you get the lace out of the way early on and then its just fun and simple sweater knitt’n for the rest of the way.
The large “shells” are created using a drop stitch technique that makes them dramatic and fun, but they are pretty darn easy to execute. Its a great project if you’re looking to try something a little different, but I wouldn’t say that its too diffcult either.
One of the cool things about working on this collection of baby knits while Isla is little, is that I can get feedback directly form her mom and dad about what they like/want/need from their baby knits. Per their request, I also included a keyhole opening in the back, that ties together with i-cord (you could also use ribbon or swap the ties out for a button if you’d rather). This way, the sweater is easy to take on and off, no matter where they are or what Isla may have exposed her clothing to (hem hem). Also, it makes the sizing more forgiving….cause gosh those babies grow fast! They also asked that I give the sweater a 3/4 sleeve, cause those tiny wrists tend to end up in all kinds of weird stuff and who needs sleeves getting in the way of all the fun?
Another one of my favorite things about this collection is getting to photograph my adorable niece. Just look at how cute she is!
I mean she actually kills me! and compared to the first shoot that I did with her just a few months ago!Look at how fast she is growing!
I could gush about about her forever! She is just about the most perfect model that a knitter could ask for
Anyway, I am so thrilled to share this new design with you. Its been a pleasure to create. I hope you enjoy it too!