Two posts in one week? and baby sweaters (!)

Posted on | June 7, 2011 | 7 Comments

There’s something extra special and sweet about welcoming a baby into this world with handknits.  Between my job and finishing up my book with Interweave, however, I only managed to make a few socks and her coming-home cardigan.  Fortunately for Olivia, her mom is lucky to count amongst her friends some very talented knitters and designers.

I tried taking some photos of Olivia today in her brand new knits.  She was a little unhappy this morning, so after two mini-photo shoots, she was done.  I’ll take photos of the other knits she received at another time.

The first sweater is a darling bunny yoke sweater designed and knit by Angela Hahn.  Angela posts some details about the sweater on her blog and I think she’ll post again when she makes the pattern available.  I fell in love with the sweater as soon as I saw it, but lamented that my color knitting skills suck.  But the sweater is so cute, I was determined to make a go of it whenever Angela released the pattern.  So imagine my delight when she told me that she actually had knit the sample for Olivia.  I just love how the colors work so well together and Rowan wool cotton is a wonderfully soft yarn, but most of all I love how the different bunny poses make it look as if there’s a bunny hopping across the sweater.  There’s so much motion and fun in this sweater.  It’s a little big for Olivia right now, but it should be the perfect size in a few short months.


Continuing with the animal theme, the next sweater is a wee version of Chickadee, one of the gorgeous designs from Ysolda’s eagerly anticipated Little Red in the City. The design scales down so naturally to baby sizes and like Angela, I believe Ysolda will also make the pattern available at some point. The color combination Ysolda chose for Olivia’s cardigan is great — unexpected (blues are usually reserved for boys, but I love its use here) and very sophisticated. I wish I had a bigger version for myself!


For those who are curious, Olivia’s chest size is 17 1/2″ at 3 months. Baby sizes are so hard because there’s so much variation, but I’m delighted that I finally have a reference to measure!


7 Responses to “Two posts in one week? and baby sweaters (!)”

  1. Julie
    June 8th, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    what adorable sweaters!! I love that bunny yoke, that’s so cute. And Olivia is SO adorable!!

  2. Angela
    June 8th, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Yay! I’m glad it’s a little big, because it’s supposed to be about a 12-month size. Poor Olivia, those big bunnies marching around her neck seem to be making her a bit anxious! Ysolda’s cardi is lovely, it looks feminine even in blue.

  3. Kathryn Dane
    June 8th, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    Wow, such a productive 6 months, Connie!

  4. Irene
    June 8th, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    Welcome back! And congratulations on a beautiful baby. Such a lucky baby, having all these beautiful handknits to wear. Can’t wait to see what else she has.

  5. Maryse
    June 8th, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    How cute indeed! And she looks so much like her mom on these pictures!

  6. carrie
    June 21st, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Oh sweetness!! She’s so pretty in her knits.

  7. Heidi
    June 30th, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    The sweaters are adorable, but Olivia steals the show. What a stunner! Another beautiful creation Connie.

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