For Sofia

In September my dear friend Anna and her husband became parents and earlier this spring me and Julle was invited to a little party to celebrate the arrival of Sofia. When I accepted the invitation Anna made sure I knew she would love it if I knit something but it was definitely not a compulsory, she would understand, knitting takes a lot of time and I have enough to do as it is.

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I didn’t think much about weather I would knit something or not, I went off on vacation and when I came back I started Project Baby Love and all of a sudden I realized I was knitting a cardigan in Sofia’s colors. The thought of this cardigan being her’s had crossed my mind but it wasn’t until I ran out of yarn mid-yoke that this truly became her cardigan. (By the way, the running out of yarn was totally my fault, I had misread the pattern. It stated 350 or so meters instead of 300 meters as I thought.)

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My LYS (Local Yarn Store) didn’t have any more yarn in the same colors and so I had to go with a color that would fit the green. Since I had already thought about this cardy for Sofia, the choice was easy, there simply was no other color that would go with the green and so brown it was.

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The rest was easy. I quickly finished it up, blocked, made up the sleeves and weaved in ends.

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As the final touch I added little wooden bee buttons, too cute to be true.

(Pattern: Puss – First size knitted set from Patons, a vintage pattern. Yarn: Drops Baby Alpaca Silk from Garnstudio, colors 7820 green and 5670 brown.)

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When my mum saw the finished cardigan she said it was so cute it needed a hat. She was right of course and so I dug around in my pattern library and came up with a bonnet pattern that I could easily modify to match the cardigan. A green ribbon to tie under the chin finished it up.

(Pattern: Bonnet waves and half star by Siona Land modified with the lace from Puss – First size knitted set from Patons. Yarn: Drops Baby Alpaca Silk from Garnstudio, color and 5670 brown.)

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I think this might be the prettiest cardigan and hat I’ve ever made. It’s simply lovely. Also, it’s very, very satisfying to make a matching hat to a cardigan. All of a sudden the baby feels so thoughtfully dressed. And if feels like much more of a gift to add a matching hat, it’s not just a cardigan – it’s an outfit!