I have just finished knitting a lovely little baby cardigan, a gift for a colleague who is pregnant with her first child. The baby is due next month, which means that I am shockingly finished in plenty of time. I intended to take some un-modelled photos of the cardi to show you before gifting it; however, despite it being terribly cute, the sweater sans baby was missing some vital “je ne sais quoi”. What to do? Kathy Bear to the rescue!
The sweater is knit with The Uncommon Thread BFL Light DK in the shade “Into Dust”. The pattern is Mignon, by Loop London. It only comes in one size (3-6 months) and I knit it exactly as written, except that I went up a needle size, using a US6.
The details of this sweater are adorable. It is knit in one piece with very little finishing needed. I love this shade, which is a sweet lavender with enough depth of colour to keep it from being too sweet. It is both very girly and sophisticated.
I also adore the button, which seems made for this yarn. The button, pattern, and yarn were purchased from Loop in London. I used the same buttons, but in blue, for a cardigan I knit for Leah last summer.
Kathy Bear was hand-made for my daughter Leah when she was born. She was made by Jill Davis, a lovely friend and gifted seamstress. Jill and Doug went to high school together and she has two lovely daughters of her own. She clearly knows how to make a bear with personality.
Kathy has two dresses which she has worn for over twenty years. She thinks a fancy cardigan is long over-due. She is also clearly unimpressed with this baby nonsense. “Knit another one for the baby!”, she says.