birthday sweater for little Jane

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Frilled edge crossover jacket, designed by Debbie Bliss, published in Baby Style.
Knitted in mystery Swedish wool
Ravelry link

little jane's birthday cardigan

The tiny knits are getting bigger! My little niece is turning two in August, and I am ready! Debbie Bliss is an ace at knitting patterns for kids, and this one’s no exception.

The ruffle trim turned out to be less ruffly for me, but I think I know why. I was worried about running out of yarn so I shortened the torso by 20 rows, but then forgot and stretched it vertically while blocking. I did re-wash it, but it didn’t quite go back to the original length. I think little Jane can live with this, though!

little jane's birthday cardigan

The yarn I used has been in my stash for 3 years now. I bought it on our honeymoon in Stockholm, from a fantastic shop on Gamla Stan called Garn & Hantverk, or Yarn & Handcrafts. Unfortunately I don’t have their address or know if they’ve got a website but it was a fantastic shop, and the woman who owns it is also a designer (her designs reminded me a lot of Hanne Falkenberg).

yarn & handcrafts

She didn’t speak much English and I REALLY didn’t speak much Swedish, but the international language of knitting was enough to get me a few skeins of gorgeous, gorgeous wool. I still have some variegated wool in my stash from there as well.
yarn store lady

Tova top and other projects

Tova top

We don’t really need to talk about how long it’s been since I’ve posted a finished project or the reason why, do we? No, we don’t.

In the meantime, I have been working on a few bits and pieces, like this Tova top from the Wiksten pattern. I made it in some Liberty fabric I picked up a couple of months ago in my travels.

Tova top detail

I found the placket mighty tricky, but I put it down to lack of expertise on my part rather than any lack of clarity in the pattern (which was amazing). I will probably make another of these in the fall.

Wiksten tank dress

I also made another Wiksten tank, this time in dress length, and with an elastic waist. I’ve worn this out a few times already. It’s pretty perfect for a hot summer day.

Frilled edge crossover jacket

Currently, I’m back to knitting, and I’ve got three unfinished projects on the go. This here is an older Debbie Bliss pattern for a frilled collar wrap sweater. My little niece Jane’s second birthday is coming up in a couple of months, and this is destined for her. All these unfinished projects are weighing on me a little. Time to finish them up.