This was a charming sweater to knit. I love shawl collared sweaters like this. I have a few like it from my college JCREW days. I knit this sweater for a friend of mine who is going to have a baby. I just love seeing babies in cozy sweaters — makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. For this project I used the Baby Sophisticate pattern by Linden Heflin in size 0-3 months found via Ravelry. (By the way, I like the name Linden — reminds me of the herb, linden flower). I knit the sweater in the round using Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in mustard. I think I can confidently say that mustard is my most favorite color. There needs to be more mustard colored yarn out there! The yarn is nice, but it’s not my favorite. It fuzzes up easily which I don’t like, but it’s very soft, which is nice for newborns especially.
This sweater was my first project involving knitting in the round using double pointed needles (DPNs) for the sleeves. I thought it would be really hard to use DPNs, but it wasn’t! I used this video by Very Pink Knits to help me along the way. Her tutorial is for a sock project, but she demonstrates how to use DPNs. I’ll probably use her video for knitting socks as well since she’s so easy to follow. The one thing I didn’t like about knitting this sweater was my tension — I felt that the actual shawl collar could have been wider and more prominent. I used three leather-like buttons to add a bit more sophistication — love them so much!!! I’m thinking about also adding some suede elbow patches? Hmmm…maybe next time. I’ll probably knit another one when my next babers rolls around.