little french stripes

August 27, 2017

My most recent finished knit is the Striped Cardigan by Florence Merlin from Little French Knits.  It comes in 5 sizes, from newborn to one year. I have made the 6 mos. size for my grandson who I think will be wearing this is a few months. Excited! It is seamless and top-down with pretty eyelet raglan increases. Because the pattern is thoughtfully written with little details, I think it would be a good beginner pattern. I love that it was written for fingering weight yarn which makes a lightweight sweater that is perfect for small babies. Have you seen the Little French Knits knitting collection for babies? They are all just darling and if you like to knit for baby, you should check them out.

Florence Merlin of Little French Knits has kindly offered my readers 50% of her entire pattern collection, including this little cardigan, using the code KNITIONARY.  This offer is good through the end of August. Upon checkout, use the code KNITIONARY and a 50% discount will be automatically applied.

See the entire Little French Knits collection here.

For this sweater...

I used this pattern: Striped Cardigan by Florence Merlin,

and I used this yarn: Rowan Superfine Merino 4Ply.

Rowan Super Fine Merino 4Ply is a fantastic yarn for the entire family and is my go-to yarn for baby. It's super soft making it perfect for baby wear or anyone who tends to be wooly sensitive. I can't imagine anyone finding this yarn "itchy".  It is machine washable and I do put this (and all other machine washable knits) in the machine with these caveats: inside out in a sweater bag with cool water and gentle agitation. However, with all my machine-washable hand knits I prefer to hand wash when I have the time.  It's a gentler process and will preserve the sweater. I also prefer to pat to shape and dry flat, then if I can catch it when it's about two-thirds dry, I toss it in a cool dryer for a few minutes to fluff, then finish if off by drying flat. I often use Super Fine Merino for baby gifts and am comfortable knowing that it will most likely go in the washer and dryer and it will survive just fine. You can find Super Fine Merino at your local Rowan stockist or any number of online suppliers.

My Ravelry page has yarn usage details, needles, etc.

Here's the little heartbreaker this sweater is intended for--my grandson, Carter, here at 6 weeks.

Mostly he's an angel, and you wouldn't know it from this picture, but sometimes we call him Mr. Fussy. :)

I love this picture of my son and grandson.

I've caught a miserable cold and spent yesterday (and I imagine I will today again too) alternately sleeping and knitting and sneezing. I've set aside my other knits-in-progress and got cracking on my new Valley Tweed. I'm making a Kim Hargreaves pattern, Mila from her Smoulder book. Love it!

 Florence has kindly offered my readers 50% off her entire pattern collection on Ravelry--all sweaters, vests, rompers, booties, and hats are 50% off. This offer is good through the end of August. Upon checkout, use the code KNITIONARY and the discount will be applied.

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  1. When you wake up, start stretching from the toes up. Adorable.


  2. So sweet!!!!!!!!!!! Both the sweater AND the baby, but especially Dad and baby together!!!!!!!

    1. My son is so in love with his son--oh my gosh!!!

  3. A beautiful loving photo of father and son. Carter is a very special bundle of love and so sweet. Thank you for sharing your precious Carter with us. Enjoy...

    1. Awww, thank you Susan. He has certainly brought a lot of joy into all of our lives.

  4. Gosh, what a beautiful picture of a beautiful moment. Chloe

    1. Thank you Chloe. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this photo.


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