Saturday, February 23, 2013
Puerperium Cardigan: A Baby Sweater
Last weekend, I decided to venture in to the store called "Tuesday Morning" in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The store is really a mess and has the oddest assortment of random things at discounted prices. Linens, teapots, cookware, bras, dog toys... and frequently... YARN! I found a shelf that was a mess and there I found some sock yarn. I was a bit disappointed by what I found but kept looking and found a cart full of dog toys and yarn a few aisles over. The yarn in the cart was all the Araucania brand, which I had not seen before. I grabbed two skeins of plump cotton Araucania Ulmo Multy in two different colorways (thinking... if nothing else... I could make some beautiful dishcloths). I also found three skeins of sock weight yarn (Araucania brand); two skeins are an aqua/teal green and one skein is a color I am calling "tennis ball yellowish-green". I also got the sock yarn I initially found on the shelf (Wisdom Brand). I had to buy it because the colorway is called "Seattle" and I like Seattle and the colors in the yarn really do remind me of Seattle.
When I got home from the store, I looked on Ravelry to see what other folks had made with these yarns. I found this adorable baby sweater called "Puerperium Cardigan" and I realized the sweater could be made with one skein of the cotton Araucania Ulmo Multy. I had the sweater whipped up in no time and it will be a great gift for a friend, Anne, who is expecting her first child in March... a baby girl if you couldn't tell. I'd like to make some booties or socks and maybe a hat in pink or lavender to match. This pattern is FREE and is available on Ravelry; here is the LINK.
I kid you not, I think this may be my very favorite thing I have ever knit. The yarn was only $4.99. I actually spent a bit more on the buttons. I had to buy three packages of buttons so I could get seven plain pink buttons. The other pink buttons in the packages had stripes and polka dots and I just wanted the plain pink buttons.