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garter baby coat. simple.

Stash busting again! But for Tiny this time. I had two hanks of Berroco Ultra Alpaca (colourway 6236 Chianti) in my stash that, if I were to have a girl, was to become the Tiered Coat from Lisa Chemery. But, as you know, we had a little boy in the form of Tiny Tuna:

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So plans changed!

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I loved Jenny’s (of jennystitches) Duffle Coat that she knit for her little one. Keeping the idea in the back of my mind, when I was rooting through my stash and saw this yarn, I thought, “Perfect!”

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I just sort of improvised the pattern based on his measurements at about 2 months and added 4” to make it a 6 month size chest. Because he gets really hot, I made 3/4 length sleeves that I can put a long-sleeved onsie underneath if he needs it as the fall progresses.

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The hood was picked up along the cast on edge and I just knit straight for 16”, then cast off. Folding the hood in half, I just seamed it up. Simple.

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I was totally and completely stuck about the closure. I didn’t do any buttonholes while I was knitting, so I ended up using punch snaps. I LOVE how they turned out – I will definitely be doing this again.

I have never been a big fan of baby knits so in all my time knitting, favouriting and generally perusing Ravelry, I have very few baby sweaters picked out that I like/love/want to knit. So, a question for you, lovely readers: What is your favourite baby sweater? It doesn’t matter if you’ve actually knit it or not, I’m just curious about what’s out there! and I love hearing from you about what inspires you :)

7 thoughts on “garter baby coat. simple.

  1. ohhh a wee smasher! He looks fabulous in red.My favourite sweater that I knit T but is unisex is Lancelot. It looks sooo good on girl or boy and she wears it a lot. There will definitely be another Lancelot in the future for her when she grows out of this one.

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  2. I've made a few baby sweaters in my day and my favourites are pretty simple. All-time fav is the Gramps Sweater by TinCanKnits – tiny shawl collar and little pockets and elbow-patches, squee! For something simple, I really like the way the Debbie Bliss Raglan Cardigan comes out.Interestingly, a lot of my favourite baby patterns are minature versions of sweaters you've already knitted! I like the Kerrera for Kids, Tiny Tea Leaves and Mini Manu (though in truth it's actually a very similar sweater I have fav'd… I have an ideological disagreement with Kate D. so don't feel too jazzed on her patterns in particular).

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  3. Those are all great patterns – thanks for the ideas! I had completely forgotten about Tiny Tea Leaves – I have some great blue yarn in my stash that would knit up beautifully for him in this pattern. And of course, the Gramps Cardi is one of my absolute favourites!

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