Hey there, fellow knitting enthusiasts! I’m thrilled to share with you my recent project: the adorable “Little Jacket” by the talented baby knitwear designer Florence Merlin.
Crafted with love and care, this baby cardigan is as charming as it is delightful to knit. Today, I share with you my experience of knitting this precious garment for a dear colleague who’s eagerly awaiting the arrival of her little bundle of joy in March.
From the moment I laid eyes on the “Little Jacket” pattern, I knew it was the perfect choice for a heartfelt handmade gift. Its classic design, featuring pretty stripes and delicate detailing, captured my imagination instantly. Although the pattern used a 100% Cashmere yarn, after careful swatching, I decided I would use Rowan Summerlite 4 ply yarn in the shades Pure White and Buttermilk, a sunny yellow hue. I envisioned a garment that would exude warmth and joy, just like the impending arrival it was meant for.
Rowan Summerlite 4 ply yarn is a true gem in the world of knitting. Made from 100% cotton, it boasts a luxurious softness that’s perfect for delicate baby garments. With a palette of 29 stunning shades to choose from, including vibrant hues and subtle pastels, it offers endless possibilities for creative expression. Whether you’re knitting for a baby or something for yourself, this yarn will add a special touch to a spring and summer wardrobe.
I cast on my needles and began working through the pattern, opting for the 3-month size to ensure a perfect fit for the little one, utilising a 2.75mm needle for the hem and cuffs, and switching to a 3mm needle for the body and sleeves. As I got into my usual knitting rhythm, an unexpected twist occurred when I inadvertently altered the stitch used for the yellow stripe. Surprisingly, this deviation proved just as delightful as the original, prompting me to embrace it wholeheartedly and continue with the newfound variation.
The construction of the “Little Jacket” entails knitting the back and fronts as one piece up to the armholes, followed by knitting the two sleeves up to the same point. Then, with all pieces in place, they are seamlessly joined by knitting across the three pieces forming the base of the yoke and knitting upwards to the neckline. This method ensures a smooth and cohesive finish, which I appreciate as there is minimal seaming.
To complete the project, I simply needed to seam the sleeves and attach four buttons. For that final touch of charm, I opted for delicate shell buttons that added a touch of preciousness to the garment.
Then, with the last ends woven in, I marvelled at the beauty of the finished “Little Jacket” resting in my hands. Its soft texture and exquisite detailing were a testament to the love and care poured into every stitch. With a heart full of anticipation, I eagerly packaged up the garment, ready to deliver it to its awaiting recipient.
On the anticipated day, I handed over the carefully wrapped “Little Jacket” to my colleague. Her face lit up with joy as she unwrapped the gift. She was not only delighted with the garment but also deeply touched and honoured by the gesture of knitting it for her baby. I’m reminded once again of the timeless joy that comes from creating something by hand. In a world filled with hustle and bustle, there’s something truly magical about taking the time to slow down and craft with intention. Whether it’s a cozy cardigan for a precious newborn or a cozy blanket for a dear friend, each handmade creation carries with it a piece of our heart and soul.
I can’t wait to see my version of the “Little Jacket” on my colleagues baby!
You can find Little French Knits by Florence Merlin on Ravelry here.
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