Every baby needs a warm shrug, don’tcha think? This sweater was quite the opposite knit compared to my last knit, the Sandbox Cardi. For this project I used the Confection Baby Shrug pattern by Tonya Wagner in size 18 months found via Ravelry. I knit the sweater in the round using Berroco Blackstone Tweed in the color, ancient mariner — which is a heather brown with lovely, lovely hints of purple and olive green. The Sandbox Cardi demonstrates my love for bold + folksy; and the Confection Baby Shrug, my love for earthy and all-natural. My heart tends to be swayed either this way or that.
This shrug was my first project involving knitting eyelets at the cuff — co cute. I also love that this sweater is so thin and airy. The yarn literally broke apart in my hands if I wasn’t gentle enough with it. That’s the only drawback to this yarn — it’s delicacy. However, once you have a completed project, it really looks and feels beautiful. It folds up so nicely too! Oh, one thing I realized I don’t like doing is picking up stitches! My stitches were so tight that I had to incorporate 3 double pointed needles to finish off the rib around the edge of the sweater.
The sweater is a little loose on Dhara (12 months) — she wore it to church on Sunday — I think this is due to the combination of thin yarn and size 9 needles. It should fit her better in the spring. One thing is for sure, babies won’t be able to take this sweater off due to the way it sits right on the shoulders. It’s a great shrug to match up with a peasant top + jeans or a simple spring dress. Maybe I should knit one up for myself?