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There’s been a veritable baby-boom around here lately. My sister gave birth to my beautiful nephew Elijah in January, my friend Lizzie is having a baby girl any day now, another friend is due to give birth to twins in a few months, and my dear friend and college roommate Deborah is having her first daughter in late summer. It’s been a factory of tiny knitted things around here lately. These are for Lizzie’s Alice, who I hope to get to see before too long.

Pattern: Louise Cardigan, from Vintage Baby Knits
Yarn: North Loop Yarn Silky Merino Sock, in Princess
Needles: Size 4

This was a lovely pattern to knit, with just enough detail to keep it interesting. I was lucky to find some vintage-y pink buttons that worked well with the soft pinks of the yarn and the delicate stitches and picot incorporated in the yoke.

And there was plenty of yarn left to keep Alice’s toes warm, too.

Pattern: Tiny Shoes, by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: North Loop Yarn Silky Merino Sock, in Princess (less than 50 yards)
Needle: Size 2 dpns

Welcome, Alice!

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Yet another FO from 2009. I was intrigued by Hannah Fettig’s Whisper Cardigan when I saw it last year in Interweave, but a few days later she released her Featherweight Cardigan and I was hooked. A summer cardigan…in lace…Malabrigo lace…. That’s all my happy buttons right there.

Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in Azul Profundo (a little more than 2 skeins)
Needle: Size 6

I hate to admit how long I’ve had this finished without photographing it. It just got shelved in the mad rush to make Christmas presents for everyone. But it’s a beautiful sweater, and definitely a pattern I want to make again (a non-sparkly everyday one, perhaps in a fingering weight).

The only modifications I made were knitting the sleeves flat, because I don’t have dpns in size 6, and adding the sequins to the border around the neck. That was actually a lot easier than I’d anticipated, because the Malabrigo is such a fine strand. I just sat in front of the TV with a needle and a bottle of sequins and threaded until I ran out. I didn’t do any particular spacing while knitting, just popped a sequin down the thread and knitted it out when I felt like it.

In retrospect, I wish I had made the cardigan just a little longer, especially considering I had the yardage in my stash, but it’s got a fun and flirty boxy 50s feel to it.

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