So this is why people like knitting for babies so much... Whole garments take a matter of days!
On Saturday I finished off the sweet little Corlyna Cardigan (designed by Belinda Boaden, and published in the Scrumptious Baby Collection from Fyberspates) that nephew Alex helped me to start at Christmas. It was a lovely knit from start to finish.
My only modification was to knit the sleeves in the round rather than flat. I then just picked up at the underarms and worked the body down to the hem. This had the pleasing effect that there were only the buttons to sew on when the cardi was complete. Minimal finishing for the win!
The buttons are some simple bright red mother of pearl style buttons that I had in my stash. I think this might be the first time ever that I've had buttons in my box that actually work with my finished garment. Usually they are too big/too small/not enough of them/the wrong colour and so on. So I normally end up back down at Millie Moon picking out buttons as the last part of the project. It was a real pleasure to get the box out and find that not only did I love these (buttons that contrast - who'd have thought it!) but there was also the perfect number. I've sewn 5 onto the cardi and stuck the 6th into the card along with a bit of spare yarn, in case of emergencies!
All I wish for now is that we could have the Jen's Green shade in the Aran weight Scrumptious so that I could knit a matching adult Corlyna. Yes... a fantastic adult pattern is in the soon-to-be-published Scrumptious Collection volume 2. It's a fabulous design, and I can't wait for it to be released. Belinda has made an already cute baby cardigan into a grown-up wardrobe staple. I predict a winner!
The baby cardigan is all parcelled up, and going into the post box shortly, so keep an eye out for it! If we ask nicely, Rosa's M&D might share some cute baby pics of her wearing it...