A few years ago, it seemed like everyone I knew was getting married (including me, so I don’t really have any room to complain). For some reason I decided that the perfect wedding gift was a hand knit or crocheted blanket. I soon began to hate that decision. When you have one wedding a year, it’s fine. However, when you start having three weddings every month, that’s a lot of late nights.
Now, as the song goes, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… a whole passel of babies (what’s a group of babies called? A herd? A pod? A holler?).
But this time, I am being smart about what hand knits I give out. Babies get sweaters. Not great big blankets. Maybe a little stuffed animal or a matching pair of bootees, if I’m feeling generous. I’m a big fan of EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket, but sometimes knitting even a tiny sweater in sock yarn is more than I’m up for. When I learned that a friend was expecting twins, and invited me to a baby shower in a week, I knew that even I couldn’t bang out two BSJ’s in time.
I went to Ravelry and started poking around for an alternative, and I found the perfect baby sweater. It’s the Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down. It’s a free download and comes in two sizes, 0-3 months and 6-12 months. It’s knit up on size 8 needles and Aran yarn (although I used worsted, which worked fine). It’s an absolutely adorable pattern. It’s well-written and easy to follow. The garter-stitch shawl collar makes the sweater look fancy, but it’s completely easy to do. And, since it’s knit at a larger gauge, I managed to knit up two sweaters in about a week.
So, if you have a skein or two of something superwash, and you know of someone (or six people) in the family way, keep the Baby Sophisticate in mind.