I’m of the age where many of my much younger friends are having babies. I like to make them gifts. I make a lot of tiny Veggie Baby Hats but wanted to try a tiny baby sweater for a friend who was pregnant last year. But, the poor planner I am, the baby was born, moved and larger before I finished this. Seriously, it’s not like babies are a surprise as they take almost a full year to gestate, but here I am with a tiny baby sweater to be given to someone else and plans to make a toddler-sized sweater for the not-a-tiny baby.

Thankfully, I bought too much yarn. But can you really have too much of that sweet, beautiful Malabrigo Rios? (The correct answer is “no.” It’s always going to be “no.”) I picked this particular color because I didn’t know the gender of the baby when I purchased the yarn and this is a lovely faded denim. And with Rios being machine washable, it is the perfect yarn for a baby sweater.

Part of the hang up with the sweater on my part is the sleeves. Knit from the free “A Simple Baby Pullover” pattern, this is a very easy sweater. It starts at the collar, knit back and forth before joining in the round. I always love to see when patterns do that kind of magic, making the collar and the button band seamlessly part of the rest of the sweater in a way that did not make sense to me until it just did.

This pattern is for worsted weight knit on a US7 so it knit up very quickly. I personally have no plans to ever in my life make a sweater for an adult (just too much fussy work), but baby and toddler sweaters are pretty forgiving. Except for this particular sweater. I stuck TOO close to the pattern and didn’t trust my instinct. This caused me to make the sleeves too short. Okay, I don’t KNOW they’re too short because I didn’t have a baby to try it on, but proportionally, it just doesn’t look right.

See? Too short. Don’t say it. Yes, I could certainly have pulled out the sleeves and knit them longer. And that’s why this is still sitting on my “finished project” pile. I would grab it to give and then say, “ugh, I should pull out these sleeves.” But I didn’t want to pull out these sleeves. So I’d set it down and move on to something else. And the baby aged as they do. Since then I decided the sweater is super cute and if you roll the cuffs, it’s an adorable short-sleeved sweater (imagine how cute it will be with a long-sleeve onesie underneath?). Thankfully I have another friend who just had a baby and she is going to be receiving this as soon as I put it in an envelope (I have a lot of “a good bit younger than me” friends).

Next time I knit this I won’t be putting on buttons or adding button holes. Matching up buttons to button holes is hard work. I did not enjoy it and the sweater is just as cute with an open collar.

Skills required

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Yarn over
  • k2tog (knit 2 together)
  • kfb (knit through the front and back)
  • Knitting in the round

What do you have on your needles today? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget links to the patterns!