sing it with me

liam and kellan
we wish you a merry christmas.
liam and kellan
we wish you a merry christmas.
kellan robert
we wish you a merry christmas,
liam gregor
and a happy...
liam gregor
liam gregor

Surprisingly, I did get a few passable shots for the cards and therefore did not cancel Christmas. But it was a close call.

Fashion Notes

  • Liam’s hat is the Santa Hat from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. It’s made with Knit Picks Gloss HW in wine and Cascade Magnum in ecru. The child’s size used about 1/2 ball of each on US 8 and 15, respectively. The bobble band ended up too big after washing, so I frogged back to remove the last bobble and crocheted a slip stitch on the inside at the join of the band to the crown to tighten it up.
  • Kellan’s elf hat is a simple hat knit with Adrienne Vittadini Mia in soft olive  on US 10.5 (ribbing) and 11s. I’ll try to write up the pattern and post a pdf.
  • Liam’s sweater is vintage (ha!). It is the first sweater that I ever knit and was originally made for my godson Aydan 12 or so years ago. It thrills me to no end that it’s still around and being worn.

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi

I started this little guy on August 29 and finished it on September 9. So why did it take more than 2 months to post about it? Because I was too lazy to type up the 2 page pattern. Anyhoo. Here it is, with plenty of time until Chrismas.


gyr_raglanIt’s a  simple little cardi with super speedy top-down, seamless raglan construction and an optional I-cord button band.  My version was knit with less than 3 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Treasure sportweight alpaca on US 4 (3.5mm) needles at a gauge of 22sts = 4″ in stockinette. It’s silly soft and a little fuzzy and toasty as can be. The finished measurements are 20″ at the chest and 10″ in length. So a 6-12 month sized baby? Or older or younger or something. 

gyr_buttons1The sweater is a very basic, easily adjustable pattern. Tweak ’till your heart’s content. Use thinner yarn and smaller needles for a smaller sweater or thicker yarn and larger needles for a bigger one, just be sure to adjust the length accordingly.

This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if you find any errors.

Here’s the english pdf, here’s the German version – Baby Cardi Kraus rechts gestrickt (courtesy of Susanne at Stil-Blüte in Braunschweig, Germany), here’s the Italian thanks to Marica at La Maglia Di Marica, here it is in Spanish on Copper Kettles and Woolen Mittens (thanks to MJ in Barcelona), and here it is on Ravelry.

Baby Cardi

Voilá! One tiny raglan cardigan sweater completed. DK yarn knit on US 2 needles gave teeny stitches and a slightly stiff fabric. The pattern was based on a baby sweater knitted by my friend’s grandmother and has no seams. Seamless sweaters rock. Giftee to a friend for her new baby boy, I hope she likes it.

Here’s the pdf pattern.

Here it is on Ravelry.

24” (or longer) US 2 circular needles
Set of 5 US 2 dpns
1 skein dk weight yarn
8.25 sts = 1” in stockinette stitch
Cast on 90 sts on US2 needle.
Rows 1, 3: K2, P2 across
Rows 2, 4: P2, K2 across
Row 5: Work eye­lets as follows: *K2, YO, K2 tog; rep from * 22 times, K2.
Rows 6, 8: P2, K2 across
Rows 7, 9: K2, P2 across
Row 10: K4, P to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 11: K9; *M1, K6; rep from * 12x, M1, K9 (103 sts).
Row 12: K4, P to last 4 sts, K4.
Begin Raglan Shaping
Row 13: K20, YO, K2, YO, K10, YO, K2, YO, K35, YO, K2, YO, K10, YO, K2, YO, K20 (111sts.)
Row 14: K4, P to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 15: K21, YO, K2, YO, K12, YO, K2, YO, K37, YO, K2, YO, K12, YO, K2, YO, K21. (119 sts).
Row 16: K4, P to last 4 sts, K4.
Repeat pattern developed in rows 15 and 16 (YO before and after each K2) until raglan measures 4½ in (19X, 255 sts), ending with a P row.
Place sts for sleeves on holders
K43 (to 2nd eyelet of 1st raglan). Place next 44 stitches on holder. K 81 (to 2nd eyelet of 3rd raglan). Place next 44 stitches on holder. K43.
Finish Body
Row 1: K4, P to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 2: K
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 5 in. until sweater measures 9 ½ in. from top.
Garter Stitch Edging
K every row for ¾ in. (9 rows)
Bind off loosely on wrong side.
Pick up and divide 44 stitches evenly on 4 dpns. Place marker at beginning of round. Using 5th needle, K from dpns, starting with right-most st. Join with first st on dpns and K around until sleeve measures 4 ½ in.
Garter Stitch Edging
Round 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: P
Round 2, 4, 6, 8: K Bind off loosely in K
Weave in ends, and block.

Special Techniques
M1 increase: Insert left needle front to back under the horizontal bar that lies between the two sts. Knit into the back of the stitch

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