Monday, March 30, 2009

Sirdar Wrap Cardi with Long and Short Sleeves

I just made this cardigan, Design F from Sirdar's "Baby Bamboo Too", which has some really gorgeous looking designs for babies and children up to size 7.
The yarn was fabulous to knit. It is smooth, soft and perfect for a baby IMO (washable in machine, Yay!). I want to make something for myself using this delicious yarn. I used Sirdar Snuggly Baby bamboo, shade 137 lilac. It is 80% bamboo, 20% wool, 8ply (DK/light worsted, 3 Light), so made a very quick knit for this newborn size wrap top.

I love the idea of the design, as it will grow a little with the baby, and think this is a very sweet little cardigan, but the pattern was cumbersome IMO. The pattern has you knit each piece separately, including a front band trim, then sew everything together. I quite like hand sewing, but not on knitting for some reason, and although the knitting was super fast, this languished in my knitting bag for 6 whole weeks before I could force myself to stitch it all together. Only the actual arrival of the baby for whom it is intended spurred me on!
If I make it again I will knit the back and fronts in one piece, and crochet on a neck trim. I have made a note on my pattern to remember to put in an eyelet near the hem on the right side for the ribbon tie to pass through.
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