Itty Bitty Cardigan Vest

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I finished knitting this itty bitty top for Pon Pon! This is sort of a hybrid between a vest and a short-sleeve cardigan, so I guess I’ll call it … well …. a cardigan vest! Very creative, I know!

I was initially going to knit a long-sleeve cardigan, but realized that Pon Pon will be here in the spring, and she’ll only have a few short months to enjoy a warm and cozy sweater, before summer sneaks up. I figured a shorter sleeve may have a longer shelf life.

I’m particularly proud of this cardigan vest because this is my own, original design!  biggrin  I took things I liked from other patterns and incorporated them into this one-of-a-kind garment. It’s a very simple pattern but I absolutely adore it.  I used Rowan Belle Organic DK by Amy Butler in Basil (if I’m not mistaken, this color is discontinued).

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I wanted to make sure that I knit this in one piece to avoid as much seaming as possible, so I knit the back, right, and left panels together using a 29-inch circular needle in size 5, from the bottom up. This is a much better method for me so I don’t have to worry about armholes not matching or accidentally knitting one side longer than the other, etc.

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This is what the panel looks like when front pieces are folded. Once the panel is complete, I sewed the shoulders (this was the only seaming I had to do for the entire garment) and picked up stitches around the neck (garter stitch), as well as sleeves (stockinette stitch).  I used the magic loop method for knitting the sleeves in the round (I wish I knew about this fabulous method before I purchased all the circular needles in different lengths when I first started knitting).  cry

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I still need to sew on buttons. I’m thinking cute, flower-shaped buttons so that this green vest can look a little more girly.

Knitting for a baby is so much fun and extremely satisfying because you can knit a garment really quickly. This vest only took two days for me to make, which may be long for some, but I consider it a quick knit considering that I’m not a particularly fast knitter.

I can’t wait to put this on Pon Pon in a few months!

In Progress: Ribbon-Edged Cardigan

I’m happy when I’m knitting.  Sure, it’s not all roses when it comes to complicated patterns, dropped stitches, and losing count in the middle of a row, but all in all, knitting brings a smile to my face.

Now that we’ve officially entered fall (although that just means it’s 70 degree in Southern California — no, I’m not complaining), my craft fever scale has tipped slightly in favor of knitting over sewing.  There’s nothing more joyful than sitting on the couch and knitting a lovely project in a cozy home, while watching some silly television shows — all while the husband helps untangle the ball of yarn for you. This is what happiness is all about.  I’m so incredibly blessed.biggrin

Currently on the knitting needles is this adorable ribbon-edged cardigan from Debbie Bliss’ Special Knits that I’m making for our little Pon Pon.  I’m making one for 12-24 months baby so it’ll be a while until she gets to sport this pink cardigan, but I know how quickly the first year flies.

I was really looking forward to finishing it this week but it turned out that I didn’t have enough yarn!  I actually got these Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK yarns in Hibiscus by accident a few years ago (I was actually trying to buy them in purple to finish this project but got them in a wrong hue), and only had three skeins on hand.  I just placed in order so it’ll be a good few days until the Pony Express delivers them to my doorstep and I can resume the project.

I think I’ll cast on a new project while I wait for the delivery.  I’m so glad that my arm is feeling better now.

Updated 12/7/12: I finished knitting the sleeve and the sweater is complete!   It is currently being blocked on the dining table. Weaving in ends took forever, but I’m happy with how it came out. It’s time to look for matching buttons.  Can’t wait to post the final photos soon.

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