Update, 9/5/13: Both cardigans are now sized for ages 6, 12, 18, and 24 months. The three largest sizes will require an additional skein of Tosh Merino Light yarn.
Loop staffer Erika Flory has specialized in designing kids knits for many years. So it’s not surprising that after finishing a project and having most of a skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light leftover that she decided to use it for a baby sweater.
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light is so elegantly dyed, so fine, and so soft that it’s easy to forget that it’s superwash. You can use it to knit or crochet an heirloom baby gift and not have to worry that busy parents of a newborn will accidentally throw it in the washer.
Erika turned that leftover skein into the Cabled Hearts Baby Cardigan. It’s knit from the top-down with a garter stitch collar and a cable heart edging on the fronts. The cardigan has a finished chest measurement of 20.5 inches and a back length of 9 inches, so it will fit a 6 month old.
Although Erika thought the cardigan was suited for girls and boys, many customers thought it wasn’t good for boys because of the hearts. She took home another skein of Tosh Merino Light and designed a companion cardigan, the Teddy Boy Baby Cardigan.
Teddy Boy is also knit from the top-down and written for a 6 month old. It features a garter rib yoke with panels that continue down the front. I agree with Erika that either cardigan could be given to a boy or a girl, but now you have your choice.
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light is dyed in so many shades that there are lots of options for these cardigans. The Cabled Hearts Baby Cardigan is knit in Windowpane and the Teddy Boy Baby Cardigan is knit in Toast.
In the last few years, we’ve seen a move away from traditional baby colors with people choosing medium to dark shades instead of the usual pastels. When a baby’s gender is unknown, naturals are popular, as well as medium shades of orange and green.
Whatever color you choose, the baby will look adorable in their little cardigan, and its parents will be thrilled with your handmade heirloom!