Leather and lace? Nope, it’s not for Stevie Nicks…try Baby Alpaca and Lace.


I am making serious progress on the Presto Chango Baby Sweater by Valerie Wallis, who runs the Shoeless  Val blog. The sweater is absolutely adorable and practical because while I have no first hand experience in this, my Mum has told me its never fun to fuss with trying to get a baby into an over the head sweater.

What’s cool about this one is this gorgeous leaf and lace panel on the front, which can be fully removed via four buttons on each side, rendering this sweater absolute ease to take off the fussy one.

I’m making this for my future sister-in-law’s (yes! my brother Bryce got officially engaged, ring and all! Congrats to both him and Erin) now pregnant sister. She’s having a girl and I decided to knit it up in this adorable pale yellow instead of the standard pink.

And this is the SECOND sweater I’ve started for a baby shower that’s nearing and nearing. But this doesn’t have complex cabling and texture pattern like the last one I was working on, so I finished the entire back, the neckline, and nearly all of the sleeves in just two days! Remarkable! It’s all knit basically in one piece besides the front lace and leave panel, making this so easy! Splendid! I hate lots of seaming. Remarkably, all my stitches are nice and tight and so even, rendering me extra proud of myself.

The pale yellow yarn is uber baby soft–a combination of baby alpaca wool and cotton, so tis perfect for babying because it can be washed. What’s more, I’m pleased that I’ve finally found a project for the three skeins I’ve had in my stash for at least two years. I’m making the size for up to 12 months old, so here’s to hoping it gets a little use.

I’m nearing the homestretch and already got a few pairs of handmade booties knitted up under my belt, so I indeed am thankful I’ll actually have a gift in time.


Published by JRW

boston. maker. librarian. canine wrangler. coffee drinker.

4 thoughts on “Leather and lace? Nope, it’s not for Stevie Nicks…try Baby Alpaca and Lace.

  1. I love that sweater pattern as well. However, I am having trouble with the front panel, beginning with Row 7. I keep coming up one stitch short. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

  2. Is this the row you mean?
    Pattern row 1 (row 7): Seed st border, p1, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, p1, border.

    I made this sweater weeks ago, and unfortunately its already half out my brain but I’d like to help as best I can. Is the seed stitch pattern on the first four stitches? Make sure that’s correct.

    Are your ssk’s correct? Sometimes that could be it. Slip Two knit wise onto the right needle, then knit them together through the back.

    Otherwise, perhaps recount your stitches before you even start the row to make sure you actually have 24 on the needle. If not, that’s where the problem is.

    It’s hard for me to visualize or try and come up with solutions without seeing your work. Let me know how these go.

    Thanks for reading.

  3. I finally figured that out! It was the ssk – and after I did it correctly, the count was fine. I was looking at the abbreviations listed, didn’t see ssk, and thought maybe I was supposed to do the DD decrease, which was decreasing two stitches instead of one. Once I was back on track, success! That’s just an adorable sweater, and I have three to go!
    Thanks so much for your help!

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