This is not actually either of the sample cardis knitted for the book, but a birthday present for Wicked Step Niece (WSN) who was 2 a couple of weeks ago. Just to make things even more complicated, it’s not knitted in the Scrumptious yarn (lovely though it is), and it’s not the 24 month size cardi. It’s actually some Quince & Co Chickadee (in Lupine) that needed using up, is a total Couture Fit knitted especially to WSN’s measurements and doesn’t have the same number of buttons the ‘proper’ ones have. But I’m the designer, so I can totes do that sort of stuff, right? (I do not normally speak like that, it is a bit of in-joke around here at the moment. Normal service will be resumed later, probs like, next week, you know, innit?) It also has a totes (sorry, I know this is tedious) unsuitable button – WSS (Wicked Step Sis) is a Swarovski fan, and this is a Swarovski (or very Swarovski-esq) crystal button I have been hoarding for years, ever since I bought shedloads of them at Liberty for my final collection and then didn’t use any of them at all for said collection.
This is (one of) the proper ones before it left me and had a baby put into it:
sporting the correct yarn and correct number of (vintage) buttons. It’s the 18 month size, in the Slate colour. This is one of the ‘proper’ pics from the book, look, we made the cover!
There are legwarmers (a totes essential baby accessory, it seems, these days) and a hat to match. The cardi is knitted top down, so all you have to sew are the sleeve seams (unless you knit them in the round, which I never do as I hate knitting things in the round). The hat and legwarmers are knitted in the round, just to annoy people (like me) who like knitting things flat. I am just so contrary, aren’t I? Anyway, the shell bit is a bit fiddly to start with but easy to pick up after a few goes (especially with pointy, slippy needles), and let’s face it, there’s not that much of it, is there?
So, get yourselves over to Jeni’s website and buy a copy and spoil a Small Person you know. Just to make it even easier, the yarn is even machine-washable, so no ‘oh, we can’t possibly give a handwash gift to a baby’ excuses.
(And yes, I know, this is all me, me, me, but it’s my blog so there. There are other lovely designs in that book, by other lovely people. I will witter about them tomorrow. Today is me me me. I’m totes worth it. And feeling silly.)