January 12, 2010

I can't resist.

I've been itching to start working on a project lately, and since my mind is pretty much stuck on Baby, I decided to go ahead and give in, and start crocheting some baby things.

The first project was SO EASY, and I'm really stoked about how it came out! I've seen a lot of baby sweater patterns, but they are usually stitched in 3 or 4 separate pieces, and then sewn together (which I find utterly NOT FUN at all). This results in a boxy sweater with huge shoulders, and it looks uncomfortable and restrictive.

This pattern I found on Ravelry, and was stitched in one piece, and has adorable little raglan style sleeves, which cuts down on the bulk, and is just so darn cute. And easy. I added the border, but I'm not entirely happy with it. I think it's because it's in a fingering (sock) weight yarn, lighter than the sport weight I used on the sweater, so it didn't hold it's shape as well as I'd like.

We find out what we're having on the 1st of Feb., so I'm going to wait to add buttons until then. That way I can make the cardi more masculine or more feminine, depending. Also, if it's a girl, I plan on adding a crocheted flower, corsage style, to the lapel area. CUTE!

And guess how long it took? Like 3 hours total. This is for a newborn, and since I used yarn I had on hand, and it only took 3 hours, I don't really care if they only wear it for 2 weeks. The next one, I plan on using a heavier cotton yarn and a larger needle so it will be in a 0-3 mos. size. I'll post pictures as I make more!

As a side note, if you crochet or knit, PLEASE go to Ravelry.com. They have thousands, (no, MILLIONS!!!) of free and inexpensive patterns, and they aren't your grandmother's crochet patterns either. Very cute, fresh, and modern. Love it. Thanks Mom! you have to sign up, but it's entirely free, unless there's a pattern you want to buy.


Nancy said...

Amanda, that is so cute. Only three hours of work makes it even better!

Rachel said...

That is so darling! You did such a great job. I don't know how to read crocheted patterns, but I guess it's okay because if I crochet for too long, my pinky starts to hurt really bad (weird I know:)).

mo mcd said...

You did a beautiful job! I'll have to hunt for the pattern and make one afther the 5th for . . . whoever is in my uterus! If you want any of the patterns for my Etsy hats, let me know. I'm good at sharing. :)