This is a little 4 ply cardigan, hat and booties with a picot edge made in 4ply merino baby wool.
It was very quick and easy to knit. Even the sewing was quick, despite the picot edges needing to be folded and slip stitched but I didn’t mind. I actually like sewing up knitted garments. Most people seem to despise the sewing up. So much so that I know people who have a knitted bits and pieces that have been sitting for a number of years waiting to be sewn. What a waste of all that beautiful knitting. To me the sewing up is a bit like the final tribute to all that hard work you have put in, seeing it slowly turn into the finished object.
The cardigan is newborn size and took two 50g balls of Shepherds baby merino 4ply wool. The wool is very soft and beautiful to knit with. Although I was a bit disappointed when I used the same wool to sew my baby shawl as there were knots in the balls of wool and that annoys me. This shouldn’t happen at over $10 NZ per ball (over 5 British pounds).
The picot edge is knitted and then folding during the making up by slip stitching the little hem. Very easy and effective.
The hat is a little cutie. The newborn size looks a perfect size for a newborn. The baby this is made for is due in June (the middle of the New Zealand winter) so I hope she is a “normal” newborn size if there is such a thing. It should fit her for a couple of months, (maybe). Never mind if it doesn’t, I can quickly make another one. It only used about half of a 50g ball.
The picot edge on this hat was made the same way as the cardigan.
These very, very cute booties almost did not get made. In fact the whole set almost didn’t get made. I had attempted another pair of picot edge booties a month or so earlier and they were so difficult to make, I gave up. The picot edge was done (the same as these booties) by picking up a stitch of a previous row (about 4 rows prior to the one you are knitting) and in the first pair of booties I attempted, there was no differentiation between the rows so it was impossible to pick up hte right stitch. I ended up pulling those booties off the needles after many attempts and sore fingers.
I didn’t want to make this little picot edge set as I had horror thoughts of those previous booties but my daughter had fallen in love with this little Patons “Jessica” pattern so I had no choice but to try.
These little picot booties were easy. (Well not easy but definitely doable.) The row that you had to pick up from was easy to see as it was the first of the stocking stitch rows after garter stitch, so easy to differentiate. I’m glad my daughter insisted on this picot edge set, as I love the way it has turned out.
UPDATED June 2013 with a link to the little pants I made to match this set.
UPDATED June 2013 with a picture of the little newborn feet inside these booties. (The bump inside the booties is the hospital identity tag)
Pattern book – Patons Newborn Collection
Pattern – Jessica
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply
Link to Ravelry here