I did it. This baby cardigan is from a Patons Astra booklet. In the booklet the cardi is called “Ducks in a Row” as the original has little ducks across the bottom. I wanted a nice, simple raglan cardi, so I left them out. I also like dark colors on kids…hence the black. I used Patons Astra which is 100% acrylic, and my favorite touch is the numbered buttons. The cardigan is sized for 2 years. I had started it in May of 2006, long before getting married or pregnant. Yannick and I had talked about it, and decided that there was no harm in getting some knitting done for our future child(ren) as long as we didn’t jinx it by telling anyone about it. I had finished the knitting sometime over the summer but it sat in a bag waiting to be seamed and have the buttons sewn on. I finally did that yesterday.
You can’t really see it in this photo, but my proudest accomplishment in this project is visible here. See, the button band is ribbed, but vertically instead of horizontally. I was worried about sewing it on as it is not knit as you go, but rather as a separate strip which is seamed later. In the pattern photo there was an obvious band outlining the button band which I thought was inevitable. As it turns out, whoever made the demo model just sucked at seaming, because in my version the seam is literally invisible. Until you pull the 1×1 ribbing apart a bit it looks like the buttons are in a flawless area of stockinette stitch. A perfect, invisible join that I am very proud of (especially because seaming isn’t the most fun in solid black!)
Now it is off to get washed and put away until baby is born and big enough to wear it.
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