"" The girl who makes things: Baby steps

Monday, 19 January 2015

Baby steps

My Grandmother taught me to knit. I remember it quite clearly. I was about seven or eight years old and she gave me three balls of lurid coloured yarn which I knitted into the ugliest, most wonky rectangle known to man. From there I knitted a slightly more even rectangle (it was destined to be a scarf but I lost patience) and then I didn't do any more.

That was until a few years ago, around this time of year, when I rediscovered knitting. I was walking around the post Christmas sales in M&S with my Mum and I found a baby knitting set on sale for only £3. The project looked simple, yet challenging enough to be interesting, so I bought the set and spent the rest of my holidays knitting a baby cardigan, hat and gloves. This was the first time I'd ever followed pattern instructions so I messed up along the way, but the sense of achievement from actually making something functional was like a watershed moment and I became addicted. Since then I've made numerous hats, gloves, socks, toys and even a cable knit cardigan. I've done so much that I can now (almost) knit without looking at my hands.

I haven't, however, knitted anything since last winter (I never feel like knitting in warm weather), but while I was at my parent's house over the Christmas holidays, I found the little cardigan and hat I first made. True, they were both rather misshapen, but the pattern was actually quite sweet and perfect for a new born. My Mum suggested that I give them to my new niece/nephew, who should be arriving in April this year, but I knew I could easily remake them better. So, I searched for the pattern in my parent's house but couldn't find it anywhere. By this time I was fully inspired and determined to make something, so I got online and found this free pattern which is actually quite similar.

In fact, I'd say that this pattern is even easier than the original one I used. I'd certainly recommend it to knitting novices as the instructions are clear and there aren't any really fiddly techniques such as picking up stitches. Also, as we don't know the sex of the baby, I didn't want to make anything particularly masculine or feminine so this pattern works brilliantly as a unisex garment.

I chose this soft cream yarn which came from ... One of the things I love about Lisbon is the amount fabric and knitting shops. Seriously, it's like being a kid in a sweet shop. The shop assistants were so lovely and helpful, and very patient with my limited/non existent Portuguese, which is a bonus.

I've really enjoyed knitting this little cardigan. I love living in Lisbon, but I miss my family and knitting something for my baby niece/nephew has helped me to feel more connected to them. It also reminds me of the good things that 2015 will bring. I doubt this will be the last thing I make for baby anon, but I'm glad to say it's the first!


  1. Baby cardigans are adorably sweet! I like the cream yarn. If I didn't already have 2 half-finished knit blankets, I'd be copying this for one of my nephews/nieces that are due this year. =)

  2. Really sweet, you've done a great job.

  3. This wee cardigan is so cute! Baby things are always a fast knit, hope the baby likes it!