Another blogger suggested a lovely little baby blanket pattern that she had used before and I was sorely tempted by this but then, whilst looking for something totally unrelated to knitting, I happened across one of my favourite baby jacket patterns of all time (one which I thought I had lost) and, eureka, the decision was made:
Peter Pan P838, in the v-neck.
I have made this jacket so many times I could probably do it in my sleep. The finished pattern looks satisfyingly complicated whilst actually being very easy, as the largest section of pattern is only 8 rows long and it is so easy to commit to memory ….. not that I’ll be sharing that piece of information with anyone else.
Next task was to decide on a wool to use and this proved a tad difficult. The owner of the little craft shop from which I usually get my wool, doesn’t stock as many varieties these days, mainly due to the fact that her business is being undermined by the so called second hand shops, now stocking brand new balls of cheap wool and the arrival in town, of a large chain store which stocks everything from soap to bleach, toys to clothes, car maintenance to gardening and it also has a substantial wool section.
As a matter of principle, I try to support the little craft store but it is getting harder as her stock levels diminish but then I guess she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Short of going onto the next town where there is a dedicated knitting shop, I was at a loss as to what to do but then I spotted a solitary ball of pale blue Robin Bonny Babe DK behind some pinks. The wool felt soft, although it is 100% acrylic, so not my favourite kind to knit up (especially for baby knits) but time was against me and so I bought the 100g ball.
Reservations aside, it has knitted up beautifully and actually feels soft and not harsh, as is often the case with the 100% acrylic wools. I’m really quite pleased with how it’s turned out and I found some nice bright blue buttons for it. Little Mudlet was suitably impressed and now can’t wait to give it to her teacher …..
…… although she’d rather her teacher wasn’t about to go on a years maternity leave and can’t understand why the baby can’t come to school with its’ mum!