f.o. | elwood baby.

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Pattern Details: Elwood by Jenny Wiebe Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (main color: Azul Profundo ; contrasting color: Glazed Carrot. approx. 630 yards total)

This is the second Elwood I have knit this spring. The first time around, it was for a colleague having her first kid. This time, it’s for my third nephew, who was born last week, and I finished the cardigan about a week before the (early) due date.

It is such a quick knit with endless rewards. If you are looking for a grandpa style cardigan for a small person in your life–this is the sweater. And, you can make a matching one for yourself, if that’s your jam–adult sizes are included in the pattern.

I settled on a blue and orange striped one, after seeing another in a similar color on ravelry and being smitten with the pops of color. I used two skeins of Malabrigo Rios (super wash merino wool is the best way to go for babies and busy moms) in the azul profundo and glazed carrot colorways. The six month size called for two skeins of the main color, but I didn’t use the second skein. While normally I’d be annoyed by this, it’s a great, and versatile worsted weight yarn. It will become a winter hat, or matching accessories for baby, soon.

See my pattern notes here. Check out more of my baby knits here.

f.o. | camilla babe.

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I have been wanting to knit a Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge for awhile now–but everyone I would knit for with child had boys or live in deserts, and while I’m very much anti gender specific colors or clothes, this feather and fan lace detail on the front, no matter in what yarn, felt too feminine for me to pull off for any babe but girl.

And then a colleague with child told me she was having a girl. But, I’d already knit her some booties, a hat, and a little striped t shirt sweater since its a July baby. While sitting around avoiding a project that’s languished, I looked at the skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Filtered Light colorway I had laying around, and boom, I started knitting the Camilla Babe, a Madder Root pattern.

It took two evenings to finish this sweater–the 3 months size–and it lives up to every idea I had about how it would look. The pattern is so easy to memorize; I’m thinking of making one for myself.

And so, that colleague, will get an extra special bonus hand knit. Maybe she will think I’m crazy?