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Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Elizabeth Smith’s Little Coffee Bean is an adorable sweater and a great knitting pattern for your first cardigan. We knit ours with Spud & Chloe’s Sweater Yarn, which is a soft machine washable blend of merino wool and organic cotton.


Little Coffee Bean is knit from the top down. You cast on and work the ribbed collar, increase at four points for the yoke, separate the sleeve stitches and knit the body and each sleeve separately. Pick up and knit stitches for the button bands, sew on your buttons, and you’re done!

The pattern is sized for 3, 6, and 12 months. For larger sizes, see Smith’s Wonder Years cardigan.

Sweater Yarn is one of our favorite yarns for babies and kids. It’s warm but soft and comes in a range of bright, happy colors. We used Pollen and Ice Cream; so many other colors look great striped with Ice Cream. Shown above from left are: Jelly Bean, Pollen, Firefly, Grass, and Splash.

For your own child, for a gift for a friend, or for learning how to knit a cardigan, the Little Coffee Bean is a well-written pattern that’s fun to knit!

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Your Studio Baby will be Stylin’ in Kate Oates New Design!

Studio Baby by Kate Oates

Studio Baby is a new pattern & kit for our Studio yarn. Designed by Kate Oates of Tot Toppers, this little pullover is comfy enough for everyday play, but with a little flair at the shoulders & elbows for your stylish baby.

Kate has a designed an extensive collection of knits for kids called Tot Toppers. She has 4 boys of her own – that’s Eliot modeling the Studio Baby – giving her an insider perspective on what knits are just right for boys!

Studio Baby Pullover

Studio is our soft, bouncy sport weight yarn made from US wool that’s spun and dyed in Pennsylvania. 100% superwash merino makes Studio a smart choice for baby knits, and the watercolor shade is a bright, cheerful take on the classic blue for boys.

Studio Baby is knit from the top down with textured patches at the shoulders and elbows. The sleeves are set in seamlessly, for a more streamlined, structured look, and there’s a button closure at the back of neck for easier dressing. Your babe will wear this for good long while, due to the extra length built in to the sleeves and body.

Eliot in Studio Baby Pullover

We have Studio Baby Kits made up in 3 sizes: small for newborns, medium for 6 months-2 years, and large for 4 years.

Each kit contains the pattern, Studio in watercolor and a mini skein of canvas for the shoulders and elbows.

If you’d just like the pattern you can purchase a digital download or a printed copy.

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Classic Baby Cardigan in Studio

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Our new yarn Studio is 100% US made superwash merino. It is so soft and pretty and we have made some lovely women’s accessories with it (if I do say so myself!). Since it is machine washable, we wanted to show it’s versatility as a baby yarn. Enter the Classic Baby Cardigan by Lori Versaci- a sweet little sweater made for either boys or girls!

Knit all in one piece with the sleeves being picked up and worked towards the cuff, Classic Baby has minimal finishing. Erika knit this up after just a few afternoons in the shop, and it looks just darling!

Sized for babies from 3-24 mo, there’s plenty of options to knit for a baby now or to wear next fall. We knit the 12 month size- it took 2 skeins of Studio in Sketchbook and we had enough yarn left over to make a matching baby hat.

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The final touch to all that denimy blue merino goodness is our new alphabet buttons! Spell out a name- you can always add more buttonholes for more letters! These brightly colored characheters add some fun and pop to this classic cardigan!

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Yoked Cardigan

Yoked Cardigan

Hannah Fettig’s Yoked Cardigan is one of those rare patterns that’s sized for everyone from a 6-month old with a 17 inch chest to an adult with a 61-inch bust. And even less common, it looks great on everyone. Kathy knit one for herself a few years ago and it’s been on my list of projects to knit for the shop ever since.

Earlier this fall I finally cast on with Classic Elite Liberty Wool. Liberty Wool’s printed colors change unexpectedly, which makes it really fun to work with. I used the shade called Painted Desert.

Yoked Cardigan

I knit the 21 inch chest size, which will fit a 1-2 year old. The Yoked Cardigan is worked from the top down, so there are no seams to sew. The button band is picked up and knit after the body is complete.

This is a wonderful gift for a baby or young girl. And there’s still plenty of time to knit one for the holidays!

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Colorblock Stripes Blanket

Colorblock Stripes Blanket

Granny squares are the first crochet motif that many of us learn to make. They’re made entirely of double crochets, so you can focus on the construction and not worry about what stitch is next.

And because you begin in the center with just a few chains, it’s more manageable than a long row of them. Once you understand how and when the corners are made, it’s fun and easy to start playing with color and layout.

Colorblock Stripes Blanket

For the Colorblock Stripes Blanket, we chose 6 colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater: 5 contrast colors and 1 main color. There are five squares of each contrast color. Every square is finished with a round of the main color, which is also used for the final border.

We arranged the colors in rows instead of staggering them for a more modern look. Even in rows you can play with their order. We went formal – blues on one side, greens on the other, and yellow in the middle.

The result is fresh and playful. Perfect for a baby – of any age!

SQUARES AND STRIPES BLANKET

SIZE
One size, 29 inches square.

MATERIALS
Spud & Chloe Sweater, 2 skeins of ice cream (main color), 1 skein each of turtle, grass, firefly, splash and waterslide (contrast colors).
Size G hook

ABBREVIATIONS
ch chain
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch
st stitch
ch 1 sp chain 1 space
ch 2 sp chain 2 space

NOTE
Work over ends whenever possible to make finishing easier.

MOTIF PATTERN
Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Ch3, 2 dc in ring. Ch2, *3dc in ring, ch3. Repeat from * 2 times more. Ch2, sl st in top of ch3.

Round 2: Sl st in the first 2 dc’s and in the first ch 2 lp. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Work the following 3 times (Ch1, work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp.) Ch1, join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 3: Sl st in the first 2 dc’s and in the first ch2 sp. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Ch1, work 3 dc in next ch1 sp. Ch1. Work the following 3 times (Work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch1-sp. Ch1.) Join with sl st to top of ch3.

Round 4: rep round 3.

Instructions
Make 5 motifs with each color. Rounds 1-3 are made with the contrast color, round 4 is made in the main color.

Assembly
Using the main color, attach motifs of the same color into strips by holding right sides together and slip stitching through outermost loop on each piece. Then attach strips in the same manner.

Border
With the main color, join yarn in a corner and work 3 rounds of single crochet.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Garter Stitch Baby Kimono in Ito Yarns

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I just finished knitting an incredibly sweet little sweater, the Garter Stitch Baby Kimono. The pattern is easy to follow and makes a fantastic baby gift. My favorite thing about it, however, is that it’s an adorable vehicle for using Ito Yarns Men & Niji. I held one strand of each together to create the softest, most subtly color changing fabric ever!

men&niji

Men is a super soft single ply of recycled cotton that is undyed and untreated. Niji is a cobweb yarn that’s best for carrying along with other yarns. It’s 100% wool and has long, non-repeating variegated color changes. Combine the two and you get a fabric that is terrifically soft, with a beautiful color palette set off by the light, natural cotton.

kimono

This kimono can be made for either a boy or a girl depending on which side you place the buttonholes- so versatile! There’s also a little tie placed inside the wrap to keep the sweater secure, lying flat and looking neat. Good idea!

The sweater comes in 3 sizes: newborn, 1-3 months, and 3-6 months. For the first size you’ll need 1 cone of each, and for the bigger sizes you’ll need 2 cones of Men and 1 of Niji (I used the orange colorway). I made the 1-3 month with a US 2 24″ circular needle. These yarns were a dream to knit, and I am seriously considering a scarf or wrap for myself so I can enjoy wearing the softness as well as knitting it!