Lots and lots of knitting these days. We'll call it nesting since the baby is due in 5 weeks. Really, though, I enjoy the portability of knitting and it seems there is always somewhere to go these days so I can just bring the knitting with me.
So here is my latest baby sweater. I used the Mossy Sweater pattern from Inoriz.com. The creator offers the pattern for free on Ravelry and it's a really great top down, one-piece raglan pattern. I followed the pattern exactly, except that I made a short-sleeved version. Although I used the 3-month pattern, I think this turned out to be more of a newborn size. My gauge was slightly smaller than hers, I think because the yarn doesn't have uniform thickness. I love this trait in yarn. So mine turned out a little smaller but I think the baby should be able to wear it for at least a month.
This is called a Mossy Sweater because it makes use of the moss stitch, a stitch highly underrated in my opinion. The moss stitch creates not only added interest but also more stability than garter stitch so it's a fun choice for button bands. Although the colored stripes don't accentuate the moss stitch zig zag pattern on the lower half, you can still see the interesting pattern if you get close enough.
I absolutely love the idea of varigated yarns, but I certainly don't always love the look of them once knitted. So I am very skeptical while I'm still learning the ropes to use a varigated yarn. But I couldn't be happier with the striping on this yarn! With the small size of this sweater, the colors make thick stripes and blend together effortlessly.
Buttons were the biggest challenge for me. I decided to use up some of my shank buttons that I bought in bulk to cover with fabric because it's so fun and addicting. I auditioned all kinds of colored and patterned fabric until I found these green plaid buttons. I'm not sure if they are too clown-like but I needed something gender-neutral and these green ones seem to fit the bill. I spent an hour covering buttons one night . . . and it was some of the best fun I've had lately! You can call me a loser if you want, but I know you fellow fabric freaks out there know what I'm talking about.
yarn name: Yarn Bee Rainbow Wool from Hobby Lobby
yarn type: 86% wool, 8% acrylic, 5% mohair
yardage: ~150 yards
needle size: US 8 (5.0mm)