Here is a little something for one of this year's crop of babies.
Sprout is a sleeveless cardigan for a babe of about 3-6 months. I didn't have enough yarn for a hood, so devised a small collar instead.
The wool is Unique Sheep Super Wool in "Spruce Sprigs", a sportweight yarn. It is butter-soft, so perfect for delicate skin. I used a few grams less than the full skein.
The buttons are vintage, from Grandma's tin. After I had sewn them on, I realised that they made the garment very serious-looking. Even though I think they look like tiny cabbages. I might change the buttons... I saw some great Smarties-style ones over on Ysolda's blog and they come in lime green!
As a design project, this was great fun. I was determined to minimise the seaming as far as possible, and tried to leave the stitches "live" round the neck curve instead of casting them off and picking up later. It seemed like such a good idea at the time! However, this created a few tiny holes. If I was knitting this again, I would definitely stick to the traditional method. Only a knitter would notice them. Perhaps that decides whose baby gets this present!
The gansey diamonds are shamelessly borrowed from a Rowan DK cotton design in "Tadpoles and Tiddlers". Thinner yarn and needles (3mm) scaled the stitch pattern down to more baby-friendly proportions.
Boy or girl? It has turned out more boyish than I expected. It would look great on top of this! But then again, a little smocky dress would bring out its more feminine side!
Sigh. I do love baby clothes!