Saturday, 30 June 2018
Baby Boy's Cardigan with Cables
Perhaps this little cardigan is a slightly odd shape, so I am hoping that its new owner will mould it to his own fit. This was knitted for my latest great-nephew, who was born in late May, and my husband and I were his godparents at his christening last Saturday.
This turned out to be a project with elements I love and others that I hate. I shall start with the minuses. The decreasing method that I used for the raglan shoulders doesn't go particularly well with the cables and rib stitch. I must remember not to use it again except with a plain stocking stitch. Also the rib makes the whole cardigan seem narrower than it actually is. Rib might be the perfect stitch for a slender young lady with a pleasing figure, but I'm not so sure it works particularly brilliantly on babies. The sleeves look the ideal length for an outfit for a baby gibbon.
However, with the cuffs turned up they don't look too bad. Now the cardigan has the look I was aiming for, a miniature version of an elderly gentleman's cardigan, ideal for an evening relaxing in an armchair with pipe and tartan slippers.
I love the colour of the buttons, a nice deep red to go with the edging.
As for the edging yarn itself, I absolutely love it. There are shades of red, deep purplish pink, grey and turquoise. I had slight misgivings at first, thinking it might look too girly with the pinks and reds...
… but there is enough blue and grey to tone it down into a more boyish mix.
Now I am wishing my husband could be persuaded to wear cardigans, but he's always been a jumper man. Shame. I would enjoy seeing an adult version in a grey-green tweedy fleck, complete with pockets for cough sweets.