knitting for baby dolls (with Little Avery)

Like many other crafters, the cold weather and dark nights, make me want to spend more time, by the radiator, with a knitting project.

I decided on a pattern for a baby cardie: “Little Avery” by Taiga Hillard Designs, a free download on Ravelry . . . and picked up a ball of yarn the husband gifted me for Christmas last year.

Pattern is a very easy to knit “top down” project.  It starts out being knitted on straight needles but then requires DPNs for the sleeves, which are picked up once the body is complete and knitted as tubes.  I got this far, and then had to wait a few days because I didn’t have DPNs in the right size.  As soon as the postie delivered, I was off again, on another learning curve knitting those sleeves, and trying to match the colour changes in yarn so I would end up with matching sleeves.  The great thing about this pattern was a) the instructions, which were very clear with just knits, purls, increases and button holes and b) there was no sewing up to do afterwards. There were a few stitches needed to close up the underarm bit, where yarn was rejoined for sleeves, but everything else, including button bands, was knit all in one piece. Very clever!

Sleeve colour matching worked, more or less!  I was thrilled to then find four plastic cat face buttons in my button box . . . so they’re what I used to finish off this cute cardie.

I knitted this one in 0-3 months size, but using slightly smaller needles as I wanted it to be very small, to fit my baby dolls.  And was so pleased with how it turned out I  immediately cast on in a different colour and have started knitting a second one.

So more colourful knitting to keep me amused and out of mischief.